COURSE: LIFE Runners will run/walk 1,103 legs (~5K each) for 4,089 miles over 40 days. On 5 Mar 2014, the East Coast Arm (1,997 miles) launches from the New York City Brooklyn Bridge, and the West Coast Arm (2,092 miles) launches from the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. See daily progress of 2014 Relay here. The route goes by abortion facilities for prayer with 40 Days for Life groups. The East Coast and West Coast Arms will unite on Palm Sunday at the beautiful Falls Park near St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls SD - exciting 12-13 Apr finish line events – cheers! FLYER. FAQ.
STRATEGY: Although only one person can sign up for each leg (to fill more), others are welcome to join the signed up legs – more participants amplifies the “REMEMBER The Unborn” message. Please encourage others to Sign Up. Pro-Life orgs are welcome to adopt multiple legs. Sample bulletin announcement. Sample prayer petitions and Prayer Wall to be used during the Relay.
STEP 1 – SIGN UP TO BE A LIFE RUNNER: only cost is to order “REMEMBER The Unborn, Jer 1:5″ jersey and only requirement is to wear it in public. You will also receive Team Updates and Pro-Life Devotions.
STEP 2 – REGISTER FOR RELAY LEGS.
STEP 4 – FUNDRAISE: If you raise/contribute at least $100 for our national beneficiary, Save the Storks, they will mail you an A-Cross America Relay jersey. When contributing, note “for LIFE Runners Relay.” Raise additional funds for your local pregnancy resource center towards annual $262 goal. Fundraising Guidance. Send total funds raised to contributions@LIFErunners.org by 1 Apr 2014.
NOTES: There will usually not be a baton to hand off (order batons). Each LIFE Runner needs to start at designated place/time and shouldn’t wait for previous leg. If delayed or unable to complete, ensure leg is completed soonest (by 13 Apr). If pace is above 12 min/mile, will likely meet next LIFE Runner.
Relay Prayer Rally Events: New York City (5 Mar), San Fran (5 Mar), Sacramento (7 Mar), Washington DC (11 Mar), Denver (30 Mar), Alton (30 Mar), St. Louis (30 Mar), Kansas City (5 Apr), Rapid City (6 Apr), Sioux City (11 Apr), Sioux Falls (12-13 Apr). Most are simple 30 minute events that consist of LIFE Runners Creed prayer, baton handoff, fellowship. Relay is paced at 12 min/mile. Option 1: baton arrives 10 min earlier than scheduled, prayer/fellowship for 20 min, baton departs 10 min later than scheduled. Option 2: baton handoff in the middle of the 30 min event with prayer before and fellowship after. Promote events with local Pro-Life network: diocesan Respect Life offices, 40 Days for Life, Knights of Columbus, etc.
Relay Leaders: Jeff Pauls and Jeff Grabosky. Jeff Grabosky ran A-Cross America from Jan to May 2011 to encourage prayer and Pro-Life: Running With God Across America book. LIFE Runners president Dr. Pat Castle met Jeff along that faith journey (daily bread story).