About

Boston Marathon, Holocaust Museum, Apr 09Team:  over 3,700 runners/walkers ages 1 to 101 in all 50 states and 23 countries.
Mission:  
Pray, fundraise and run/walk as a Team until we Cross the finish line that ends abortion.  Heb 12:1-2.
Values:  
Keep the Faith, Respect Life from Conception to Natural Death, Run so as to Win.

Creed:  www.LIFErunners.org/creed.
Jersey:  “REMEMBER The Unborn, Jer 1:5”
Cheer:  “All In Christ for Pro-Life!”
Roster:  www.LIFErunners.org/chapters.
Slogans:  God first – Life always – Teammates forever!, From start (conception) to natural finish!, We pray & run for Their Lives!, We run so others may crawl!, Protecting – healing – celebrating Life!, TEAM up to Speak up!
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Race Series (info):  A-Cross America Relay, America’s Pro-Life Half Marathon, Fall national marathon.
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Faith Journey:  The National LIFE Runners Team (logo description) is the world’s largest Pro-Life running/walking Team.  The formation of LIFE Runners was inspired by a miraculous encounter between St. Padre Pio and Pat Castle near the finish of the 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent race, and then co-founded by running partners Dr. Pat Castle and Dr. Rich Reich in 2008.  LIFE Runners provide Pro-Life prayers, education, and funds that benefit pregnancy help centers.  Annually, LIFE Runners gather for a national Spring relay, national Fall race, and many local races (past/upcoming races).  The day before racing the 2009 Boston Marathon, Pat Castle saw “REMEMBER” stamped on the sidewalk at the Holocaust Museum, which inspired the LIFE Runners jersey (“REMEMBER The Unborn Jer 1:5”).  Rich drafted the LIFE Runners Creed in Nov 2010 after praying in front of an abortion facility.  LIFE Runners included 17 teammates from 5 states at the 2010 Sioux Falls Marathon.  Since then, LIFE Runners has fielded the largest teams at these marathons:  2011 Kansas City (100), 2012 St. Louis (252), 2013 Crazy Horse (200), and 2014 Air Force (200).  In 2011, our Team had 170 runners/walkers ages 6 to 72 from 20 states, raising $35K.  In 2012 we had 491 runners/walkers ages 5 to 73 from 36 states and 3 countries, raising $52K.  The inaugural 40 day A-Cross the Country Relay for Pro-Life! (Spring 2013) covered 2,026 miles of the 4,089 mile course between the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges.  Finished 2013 with over 1,800 runners/walkers ages 2 to 80 from 46 states and 11 countries – raised over $100K for Pro-Life beneficiaries.  Finished 2014 with over 3,000 teammates ages 1 to 88 from 50 states and 22 countries.  The 2014 Relay covered 2,383 miles of the 4,089 mile course.  The 2015 Relay added North and South Arms starting at Grand Forks ND and Corpus Christi TX – all four arms added up to 5,564 miles, and we covered 4,169 of them, many by way of remote participation.  All In Christ for Pro-Life!
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Adult LIFE Runners of the Year:  in memory of Joseph E. Castle (26 May 1943 – 26 Mar 2011), for exemplifying Pro-Life Leader, Provider, Protector.  Recipients:  2011 Bishop Thomas Paprocki (IL), 2012 Paul Westendorf (SD), 2013 Ed Heigl (MO), 2013 Sara Beaner (SD), 2014 Nelson De Los Santos (TX), 2014 Karen Patnaude (Fiji Islands).
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Student LIFE Runners of the Year:  in memory of Jason Aaron “JP” Peters (19 May 2000 to 16 Feb 2013), for teaching us to better appreciate God’s gift of life.  Recipients:  2013 James Vignola (MO), 2013 Keelan Glass (TX), 2014 Ryan Cascio (VA), 2014 Paige Castle (MO).Family LIFE Runners of the Year:  2014 Pauls Family (MO).

Boston Marathon qualifying LIFE Runners:  
Bishop Paprocki (IL), Bill Pauls (MO), Kia Rector (SD), Jeff Pauls (IL), Jeff Grabosky (VA), Mike Rutten (SD), Diane O’Sullivan (MA), TD Dorrell (KS), Dr. Pat Castle (SD).  Others?