Race for Sems build your team

Start a Race for Seminarians Team in your Parish!

A great way to build community, find training partners and support each other as your support our seminarians is to build a Race for Seminarians team in your parish.

Our office is also here to provide you with whatever information and materials we can to get your message out. Here are some suggestions to get you started:  

  • Make a list of runners/walkers from your parish who might want to head up this effort and start talking it up. 
  • Get your pastor’s approval, and see if he (or another of your priests) is interested in doing a race (the way the campaign is designed now, people can choose the race of their choice, so it can be a 1-mile fun run, a 5K, or a marathon, or anything in-between). As you can imagine having a priest who’s participating makes it much easier to get others on board!
  • Edit the Bulletin blurb below to place in bulletin, and give a parish contact.
  • Add parish contact information to already-made fliers we can send you to hang up around the parish.
  • See if the pastor will allow announcements about the forming of a team, or setting up a table after Mass to recruit, and have a sign-up list for runners/walkers/donors, pray-ers.
  • Once you have at least two people on board, let our office know so that on the race fundraising page we can list your parish as a team, and donations can go there.
  • Support the team by having a table set up closer to the race to ask for donations. One parish had a bucket outside the parish office for collecting!
  • Contact the directors of youth ministry and see if they can put together a TEEN TEAM to do a race. They could also encourage competition between youth groups of different parishes. 
  • Send us any other ideas you might have!

DRAFT BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT:

Join our (NAME OF PARISH) Team and Run, Walk, Cheer, Pray and Donate to Support our Seminarians! This annual campaign is once again looking for runners, walkers and supporters to raise money to support our seminarians and to raise vocation awareness. The kick-off event this year will take place May 8 at St. Agnes Parish. To find out more about participating, visit www.ArlingtonDiocese.org/RUN, and contact (NAME) at (EMAIL/PHONE) to join our parish team.