Ditch the Deacon


For God so love the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will not parish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 

ANOTHER AMAZING BEAUTFUL GOD BREATHED EVENT! THANK YOU to all who participated and CONGRATULATIONS on your efforts.  A big THANK YOU to the beautiful people of St John the Baptist who made the event easy to deploy and were wonderfully collaborative throughout the planning.  




AN AMAZING finish by St John the Baptist's VERY OWN, Fr Paul Shovelain who took FIRST OVERALL and proved to not only Ditch the Deacon - as Deacon Russ Shupe was also present, but also in being MUCH FASTER THAN THE PASTOR - Fr Michael Skluzacek! Wow!!!  Lookout St Michael's and St Mary's - Fr Izen, you have a race on your hands!!!!









Faster than the Pastor, A Journey to the Cross is a fresh and relevant community building, evangelization effort and health advocacy initiative, created to bring our faith community together in a way that celebrates and exalts our faith and proclaims the Gospel.


Event #2 Ditch the Deacon
St John Baptist, New Brighton


Ditch the Deacon is the second in the series of 7 Faster than the Pastor events. Starting and finishing at St John Baptist Catholic Church in New Brighton, MN, the Ditch the Deacon event coincides with St John's fall festival!


Come for the Faster than the Pastor events and stay for the party!


Our event course is certified by an agent higher than USATF!  Our events are GOD certified.  Event distance is based on the scripture John 3:16 making this event distance 3.16 walkable miles.

Pastors are FREE, so BRING and REGISTER YOUR PASTOR and see just how fast you are.  


The Little Lambs Mad Dash is an obstacle course for kids 10 and under. A fun way to introduce kids to personal triumph in a way that they will love! This event takes place near the Ditch the Deacon start/finish lines. While waiting for each group to race, kids excitement will build as they celebrate and groove to our Little Lamb Mad DJ! At the end of the race each participant receives their own goody bag, cookie and water.

Ditch the Deacon's community outreach is to support St Vincent de Paul annual winter clothing collection.  We will be collecting gently used or new winter coats, snow suits, pants, glove, mittens and scarves.


Plan also on bringing some extra cash to support the Tanzanian initiative - Partners4Hope Tanzania.  Purchasing these beautiful hand made items will provide support to the broad scope of impact that Partners4Hope is reaching!!

Event THEME Song written and produced just for the FTTP Series!


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Event Details

Date: September 24th, 2016



St John Baptist, New Brighton


Registration / Packet Pick-up:

Friday Sept 23rd 4:30-7:30pm

Event Day, 7-8:15AM


Event Start Time: 8:30AM


Little Lambs Mad Dash

DJ Party: 10:00AM

Start Time: 10:30AM


Register for PETER THE ROCK Event Series for the MOST chances to win the trip for two to the Holy Land.


Register for DOUBTING THOMAS Single Entry for Ditch the Deacon by Sept 17th for BEST RATE of $49.95 or use promo code SJBDTD



*FTTP Events are not affilliated or sponsored by the Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis, any parish, or any school within the archdiocese.

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