Ok, I've done it again... I signed up to run the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon as part of the 5th annual RACE FOR VOCATIONS. This year is the 5th running of the race for vocations and they have a goal of getting 500 runners to participate. This is a big challenge but one we can all get behind!
Check out this YouTube video of last year's race (yours truly is even featured in it ;) )
Last year, I had no idea if I could run a half-marathon. Committing to racing for vocations, however, I found the inspiration that I needed to train, knowing that every bead of my rosary that passed through my fingers was a grace to help someone open themselves to the vocation that God is calling them to. Having offered my training as a sacrafice for those discerning their vocations, I found the grace I needed to run my first race and complete it.
If you've never done something like this, now is the perfect time to try. Even if you are discerning your own vocation, making a committment to train for this race and to pray that God will reveal to you what He has planned for your life will be a blessing and will not be wasted.
If you're feeling a little tug on your heart right now, and you're feeling like this might be something you could do, that's the Holy Spirit telling you to sign up for the 2012 Race for Vocations! Go right now to sign up for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon (it's still only $55... until 12/1!) and then register with the Race for Vocations. Here are the links:
Register for the mini or 5k here: http://www.500festival.com/marathon/
Register for the vocations team here: http://www.archindy.org/vocations/race.html
Then send these links to everyone you know and let's do all we can to get 500 (or more) participants this year! Oh, and let me know you've registered so we can pray for each other as we train by e-mailing me at dominic dot petan at gmail dot com.
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us!