Friday, September 18, 2009

Run for Mercy Marathon in St Charles MO

1Mercy Ministries St. Louis residents cheered for their Run for Mercy marathon team at the starting line on Sunday morning at the Lewis and Clark Marathon and Half Marathon in St. Charles, MO. Participants for Team Mercy joined thousands of runners to enjoy the historic Missouri River Valley on foot and to help raise support and awareness for Mercy Ministries!

Volunteers, runners, staff and residents gathered the night before the race at the St. Louis home for a pre-race pasta party. Everyone enjoyed hearing personal testimonies from two current St. Louis residents who will be graduating soon. Victoria McCarter, Co-chair of the Mercy community board in St. Louis and Chair of the Run for Mercy Marathon Committee, also shared words of encouragement for our runners.

St. Louis Program Director, Melanie Harbert and Household Manager, Chetta Peniston also ran the half-marathon on Team Mercy! This was an exciting time for the residents to support staff from their very own home. One of the St. Louis residents, Lindsay, said, “Getting up at 4:00 am was well worth being able to cheer on the Mercy team! Witnessing this kind of selflessness by so many different people brought tears to my eyes as they crossed the finish line!

Now is a great opportunity for you to support Mercy Ministries by joining an existing Run for Mercy team, forming a new team or registering as an individual participant in a Run for Mercy race near you. Look for a race near you at www.runformercy.org.