Boston Marathon, Holocaust Museum, Apr 09Team:  over 4,400 runners/walkers, ages 1 to 101, in 50 states and 26 countries.
Raise prayers, awareness and funds to help end abortion.
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!
Races (info):  annual A-Cross America Relay and a national marathon.
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 Dr. Pat Castle near the finish of the 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent race.  LIFE Runners provide life-saving prayer and awareness.  Annually, LIFE Runners gather for a national Spring relay, national Fall race, and many local races (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”).  Dr. Rich Reich drafted the LIFE Runners Creed in Nov 2010 after praying in front of an abortion facility.  LIFE Runners started out with these marathons:  2008 Chicago (13), 2009 Twin Cities (13), 2010 Sioux Falls (17).  Then, LIFE Runners fielded the largest team at these marathons:  2011 Kansas City (100), 2012 St. Louis (252), 2013 Crazy Horse (200), 2014 Air Force (200), 2015 Las Vegas (75).  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.  Finished 2013 with 1,791 runners/walkers ages 2 to 80 from 46 states and 11 countries – raised over $100K for Pro-Life beneficiaries.  Finished 2014 with 3,002 teammates ages 1 to 88 from 50 states and 22 countries.  By the end of 2015 we had 3,903 teammates, ages 1 to 101, representing 24 countries.  The inaugural 40 day A-Cross America Relay for Pro-Life! (Spring 2013) covered 2,026 miles of the 4,089 mile course between the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges.  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 Bay TX.  All four Relay arms added up to 5,564 miles, and 4,169 of the miles were covered, many by way of remote participation.  In 2016 the North Arm extended to the Canadian border, and the finish line moved from Sioux Falls to Kansas City.  We covered all 1,588 Relay legs (5,544 miles) and had multiple participants on some legs for a total of 6,469 miles.  All In Christ for Pro-Life!
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), 2015 Colleen Ware (ID), 2015 Pastor Conan Hatch (Fiji Islands).
Student LIFE Runners of the Year:  in memory of Jason “JP” Peters (19 May 2000 – 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), 2015 Brett Blakeman (SD), 2015 Alexa Lamb (MO).
LIFE Runners Family of the Year:  2015 Kosta (MO).