Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses  . . . let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

Today on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the day Our Lady said “yes” to be the mother of Our Lord, we extend an invitation for you to say “yes” to help protect God’s plan for marriage.

We are Ann and Teresa and we are inviting you to train with us to run in the Twin Cities Marathon on October 7, 2012, the feast of Our Lady of Victory, in an effort to bring attention to the proposed Marriage Amendment appearing on the ballot in November.

Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

This idea sprang up over coffee one morning when we were discussing the marathon and looking for a way to offer the sacrifice involved in this endeavor for a higher purpose. What more significant issue could there be at this time than keeping marriage defined as between one man and one woman?

Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God. (2 Corinthians 3:5)

We are average runners who are looking for others who believe in the importance of this issue. We have a professional marathon coach available to advise us on training methods for this race. Don’t worry if this is your first marathon.

The most important step to take at this time is to go to the Twin Cities Marathon website and register at Registration has been open since February 2 and the field is more than half full. Once you are registered you can continue to check back with our blog for tips on training, how to order Marriage Amendment Marathon shirts, inspirational messages and humorous anecdotes about our journey. Please join us on this adventure!

Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

Of course there are going to be challenges. Life itself is a  marathon, not a sprint. Be not afraid!