Wednesday, September 29, 2016
Hello, I am Tony Markiewicz and I am running my sixth marathon with The Crossroads Runners.
My wife Elizabeth and I are relative newcomers to Old St. Pat’s. We actually live in Mundelein, so Old St. Pat’s is not the most convenient choice for us each Sunday. I won’t bore you with how we became members of the community, but Old St. Pat’s has become our spiritual home.
In February 2012, at the end of a Mass, Fr. Hurley made a recruiting pitch for the Crossroads Runners. You see, there are four ministries that rely on funds raised by the Crossroads Team to continue their great work. Our Charity Partners (Harmony, Hope and Healing; Horizons for Youth; Career Transitions Center; and the Kinship Initiative) all benefit from money raised by the Crossroads Team. I was looking for a way to get involved in the Parish, so I signed up to run the marathon. I guess I liked it. Here I am ready to run my sixth marathon.
Three years ago I recruited my son David to run with us. The marathon seems to be a hard habit to break; David will be running his third Chicago Marathon this year. He will be joined by his girlfriend Erica Massarelli. Erica is running her first marathon. She says she has never been a runner, but I suspect she will run a faster time than me!
This year, we convinced my daughter Michelle and my son Joseph to join us. They have been training hard to run their first Chicago Marathon. I am so proud of their commitment to raising at least $1250.00 each for our Charity Partners.
The Crossroads team is a wonderful group of individuals of all ages and athletic abilities who support each other while training under the watchful eye of our own Coach Brendan Cournane. Brendan is a very experienced coach who safely guides both beginner and experienced runners as we prepare for the marathon. If you are interested in running a marathon, Brendan knows how to help you get it done. Stay tuned, Chicago Marathon 2017 registration will begin in February! I hope to see a few of you join us.
Coach Brendan sponsors long training runs on Saturday mornings. I am happy when I get to run with one of my children. My more memorable Saturday mornings are really nothing but long conversations which just so happen to take place while we are running. You see, we solve all our own personal problems and most of the world’s problems before the run is completed. We may not always run together, but I enjoy seeing my children at 6 am all fresh and ready to run. It means they didn’t stay out too late Friday night!
Last year, the Crossroads team took a group to Dublin to run the Dublin Marathon. Elizabeth and I joined them. Many of us ran the Chicago Marathon and then a few weeks later, ran the marathon in Dublin. It was a wonderful trip. After the marathon, the group spent a week touring Ireland, allowing many of us the opportunity to recover and rehydrate with Guinness, Smithwicks, and Irish whiskey. The best part of the trip though, was making many new friendships.
If you want to support our marathon team, consider cheering us on. The Chicago Marathon is one of the five major international marathons. If you have never experienced the atmosphere of marathon day, consider being one of more than 2 million spectators who cheer on the runners. Old St. Pat’s is the halfway point and a great place to cheer. Also, consider supporting a runner. You can contribute at http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1153598. Remember, the funds help our Charity Partners.
I would like to thank Fr. Hurley, Coach Brendan, and Joe Brandt for organizing and supporting the Crossroads Runners. I would also like to thank all the members of Old St. Patrick’s for your cheers and support.
Tony and David 2014
Crossroads Ireland Trip 2015