U.S. seminarians run across Italy to help displaced families in Iraq

U.S. seminarians studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome participated in a relay-run across the Italian peninsula to raise funds for displaced families in Iraq. Runners departed from the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas and met in the middle.

ROME — Loaded with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bananas, Gatorade, grit and prayer, nine U.S. seminarians studying in Rome ran relay-style across the Italian peninsula to raise funds for displaced families in Iraq.

Warm-up included a pre-dawn Mass May 6 at the Pontifical North American College where the students live, followed by packing two vans with nine runners, two drivers and protein- and carb-rich provisions, Christian Huebner of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., told Catholic News Service May 4.

Busy bishop is used to running here and there — literally

Bishop Edward M. Rice ran with seminarians Andrew Auer, Jacob Brock and Michael Horn outside Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in 2013. The bishop and seminarians competed in the GoStLouis Marathon.

Though his vocation as a priest in parishes and administration often have kept Bishop Edward M. Rice busy night and day, he always makes time for an avocation — running.

"I like the down time. I don't take my phone with me," said Bishop Rice, an avid runner since he was on the cross-country team at St. Mary's High School in south St. Louis. He stated in an interview a couple years ago that running also helps him in his work. "It keeps me focused and helps me to pray. I'm more settled in my prayer when I run."

Festival of Miles brings smiles, help for a worthy cause

Jennifer Weaver of St. Louis held onto her lead to win the junior high girls one-mile run in record-breaking time at the Nike Festival of Miles races at St. Louis University High School June 4. The event raised awareness of the sport of track and field and funded the medical needs of a young athlete.

Jennifer Weaver jogged on the track in front of the stands, carrying the finish-line banner around her neck and celebrating her victory.

Then came the question athletes face after a big win, this time by a track announcer: How do you feel?

"Tired" came the logical answer from someone who had just run a mile in 5:07, breaking the previous record for the Nike Festival of Miles in the junior high girls category.

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