Marathon Weekend

Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 4, will do more than impact our morning worship.  The marathon also will provide an opportunity for our church family to shine the light of Christ into the community.  Read on for details about how you can get involved in the weekend's festivities.

What is “Run for Haiti?”
“Run for Haiti” began four years ago as a response to the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.  Since the marathon route had already forced Shadyside Presbyterian Church to change its worship hour on race day, the pastors of SPC formed a relay team dedicated to raising funds for the reconstruction of Haiti.  These efforts expanded in 2011 when the pastors ran once again, joined by more than thirty congregants and friends of SPC.  Subsequent years have seen our representation continue to grow, and, this year, we have fifty runners associated with “Run for Haiti.”

Where do the funds go?
All donated funds go to the Pittsburgh Presbytery, which is committed to supplying and installing ten solar-powered water treatment systems in Haiti.  The cost of the race passes has been donated by the city’s marathon committee, and all other expenses for the church associated with the marathon are covered by the church’s budget.  This means that 100 percent of all money raised goes directly to supporting and rebuilding Haiti.

How can I get involved?
As fifty members and friends of Shadyside Presbyterian Church prepare to “Run for Haiti” in the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 4, there are a number of ways for the whole church to run alongside them and to support our brothers and sisters in Haiti. This page is your guide to joining in the fellowship and mission surrounding marathon weekend.

  • Be a runner! Runners are given a free pass to participate on a five-person relay team comprised of SPC congregants and their friends. In exchange for the pass, they are asked to invite their friends, family, and colleagues to support them through pledges. Each runner is asked to raise $100. Since we have 10 relay team passes – for a total of 50 runners – we hope to raise at least $5,000. Sign up at the church or contact Jeff Schooley.  (Runners, please read more here for additional details.)
  • Be a supporter! “Run for Haiti” envelopes will be available in the pews in the weeks leading up to the race. You are invited to participate by making your contribution to this valuable rebuilding effort. Make checks payable to “Shadyside Presbyterian Church” and write “Run for Haiti” in the memo line. All donations are tax deductible.
  • Eat dinner! Attend a carbo-loading pep rally and fundraising pasta dinner on Friday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m. The meal includes pasta (with both meat and meatless sauce options), salad, garlic bread, and drinks. The cost is $10 for adults and a free-will offering for children. All proceeds go directly to the “Run for Haiti” fund. During this time, we also will make some noise and get our runners hyped up for their big day. RSVP no later than Monday, April 28, by signing up in the Sharp Atrium or calling the church office. Volunteers for setup and cleanup are also welcome.
  • Cut some oranges! Members and friends of Shadyside Presbyterian Church have been passing out oranges to racers for the past five years. We need a few volunteers to cut up nearly 200 pounds of oranges at the church on Saturday, May 3. Volunteers will be asked to show up to the church at 7:00 p.m. and to bring their own knife and cutting board. Sign up in the Sharp Atrium or contact the church office.
  • Cheer! Those who don’t want to run are encouraged to cheer for runners, including those who “Run for Haiti.” A “cheer station” will be set up near the church at the corner of Amberson and Fifth Avenues to hand out orange slices to runners on Sunday, May 4, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is a rain-or-shine event (though there will be a tent set up at the corner in case of bad weather).  Be prepared to clap, cheer, and encourage runners as they all try to run the race with perseverance.  Sign up in the Sharp Atrium or contact the church office.

When will we worship on Marathon weekend?
Marathon weekend concludes with worship at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Due to SPC’s location within the marathon route, our service of worship moves from the morning to the afternoon, when Rev. James W. Tinnemeyer Jr. will preach.  The service will be held in the sanctuary and will include communion served by intinction.  Worship is a fitting conclusion to these marathon weekend festivities.  It will remind us all that the acts of running, cheering, giving, and encouraging were all done as worship.

Other questions?
Contact Jeff Schooley, Marathon Task Force chairperson by phone (412-682-4300) or email.

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