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Running For Life
 
OUR HISTORY

Frassati Runners was formed in the spring of 2009 by Elizabeth Leone and Angela Hineline, two moms who have children who love to run. After looking at the secular summer running programs and feeling they fell short in many ways, the two friends decided to create for their children their own running program—one with a uniquely Catholic twist. This program would be faith-based and Catholic-infused. It would be a program designed to inspire our young athletes to run farther and faster, not for their own glory, but for the glory of God. Today, while Elizabeth and Angela continue to oversee the program, Frassati Runners is run largely by our very competent alumni, including college students and high school cross country team members—a group of amazing athletes who generously coach our youth, providing them the inspiration to excel at the sport and pursue cross country running at the junior high and high school level.

 
OUR MISSION

Frassati Runners run to glorify God, to save souls, and to keep our bodies—temples of the Holy Spirit—physically fit. Frassati Runners also "run for life," supporting and bringing attention to pro-life causes and organizations. "The higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ." This quote by our patron, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, challenges us to challenge our bodies for all the right reasons. Following Blessed Pier Giorgio's lead, we run for God and we run for life.

 
PUTTING IT IN PRACTICE

The Frassati Runners Summer Running Clinic teaches children the technical aspects of running, helping them to improve their endurance and their speed. However, our Summer Running Clinic does something a little unusual too. Our runners learn to take the inevitable exhaustion or discomfort experienced on a run and offer that discomfort to God for a good cause, such as saving souls. Additionally, Frassati Runners support our local Elizabeth House. Via running, we raise funds for the mothers at Elizabeth House who have chosen life for their babies and need support. In this way, the Frassati Runners support pro-life Catholic teaching. In this way, we run for life.


A NOTE TO OUR RUNNERS FOR THE OFF-SEASON

To our Frassati Runners: Take what you learn in the Frassati Runners Summer Clinic and try to employ it throughout the year. A wide variety of discomforts, disappointments, and annoyances in your daily life can be "offered up" to God to save souls or to serve as a prayer for a special intention. By mortifying yourself in these small, everyday ways, you not only build character, but you give your life to God. And a life given over to God is a life that leads to sainthood. Let the character you build during the Frassati Runners Running Clinic stay with you during the off-season, and may you be a bright and shining example to others.

Run for fun, and run for life!