On October 25th, thousands of runners will line up to take part in the Marine Corps Marathon, and two of the runners will be running for shelter. The runners, Emily and Ryan, will represent Carpenter’s Shelter as they run 26.2 miles.
Not only have Emily and Ryan been training for a marathon, but they have also been soliciting the support of family and friends to sponsor their race. Combined, they have already raised over $2,000 for Carpenter’s!
Emily has been training for the Marine Corps Marathon to continue her family’s tradition of supporting Carpenter’s Shelter. She says, “Members of my family have worked with Carpenter’s Shelter for a long time. My grandfather, John Fleming, was one of the shelter’s original volunteers when it first got started in the basement of Blessed Sacrament church. He was a regular volunteer and a strong supporter of the organization until he passed away, and my grandmother, Audrey Fleming, continues that support by providing lunches to the shelter once a month. I’m excited to be part of this team this year, and continue their support of a great organization.”
When we asked Ryan why he was running for Carpenter’s Shelter, he said, “I am running on behalf of Carpenter’s Shelter because it does great work to help my neighbors. We moved to Alexandria about two years ago, and my wife and I first learned about the shelter through its annual Run for Shelter event. We follow the organization’s activities and do our best to be supportive of its programming. I have been a runner all my life, and I was hoping to run the Marine Corps Marathon this year. I was delighted to learn that there was an opportunity to use the marathon as a way to help Carpenter’s Shelter raise funds for its mission, and I have been thrilled by the interest and generosity of the friends and family who have decided to join me in fundraising for this worthy cause. It’s definitely a team effort, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished together so far.”
Visit Emily and Ryan’s fundraising pages to read more about why they are running for Carpenter’s Shelter and sponsor them as they run for shelter!