Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WOW this event is expensive! Where does the money go? Why does the event cost so much?
A: It's an excellent question and one we deeply analyzed before determined the registration rate. This is a unique event that culminates with a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This trip is NOT donated. It will be paid for through the revenue generated through participation.
The base price at $34.95 is actually in line with local 5K's and we offer a LARGER "payout". The purpose of the event is to bring our faith based community together in a unique way. Each participant recieves
Custom finishers medal
Swag unique to our Christian faith
An entry into the Holy Land sweepstakes
Membership into All Things Catholic Resource Guide
Goodie Bag from Sponsors
There is a price increase as the FTTP draws to within two weeks of event date. This is a natural element on the registration platform to encourage race participants to register early as so many items must be ordered significantly ahead of time.
With that we will add that the registration fee and structure of this event series is different than other events, inside the fee, this is where the $$$ goes:
30% of NET profit generated goes back to our beautiful church - no other event series does such a thing.
ALL participants receive the following:
AWESOME pair of socks (unique for each event)
INCREDIBLE custom medal
SWAG - for the first event a T-Shirt…for the others it will be different as we are creating microenterprise for our international community partners (determined by each parish community) So one event might be a t-shirt, the next a runners rosary made by women’s hands in Tanzania, or a Cross made in Haiti.
HOLY LAND Entry - ALL individuals of events with more than 1000 participants will have their name entered into the Holy Land Raffle.
We feel this is a phenomenal opportunity to meet the objectives identified to build our faith based community, evangelization our church and promote health.
Did you know that we also have a FAMILY MAX registration fee (paper only) of $175? Click here to print and send.
Any clergy is FREE!!! Come, check an event out...we are confident that you will find the value of your registration worthwhile!
Q: What does the symbolism behind the characters of each event represent?
A: Each depicted character represents a vocational calling for those who have taken a vow to dedicate their lives to God.
Nun: A woman who lives as a contemplative life in a monastery which is usually cloistered (or enclosed) or semi-cloistered. Her ministry and prayer life is centered within and around the monastery for the good of the world. She professes the perpetual solemn vows living a life according to the evangelical counsels of poverty, celibacy, and obedience.1
Deacon: In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, but only unmarried men committed to lifelong celibacy can be ordained deacons if they are planning to become priests.2
Vicar: A priest, auxiliary bishop or coadjutor bishop who assists the diocesan bishop in the governance of the entire diocese.2
Father: A priest in charge of a Catholic parish or congregation. He is responsible for administering the sacraments, instructing the congregation in the doctrine of the church, and providing other services to the people of the parish.2
Bishop: The highest order of ordained ministry in Catholic teaching. Most bishops are diocesan bishops, the chief priests in their respective dioceses. But some (auxiliary bishops) are the top assistants to their diocesan bishops, and some priests are made bishops because of special posts they hold in the church, such as certain Vatican jobs. Diocesan bishops and their auxiliaries are responsible for the pastoral care of their dioceses. In addition to their diocesan responsibilities, all bishops have a responsibility to act in council with other bishops to guide the church.2
Cardinal: Highest-ranking Catholic clergy below the pope. By church law cardinals are regarded as the pope's closest advisors, and when a pope dies those who are not yet 80 years old meet in a conclave in Rome to elect a new pope. Most cardinals are archbishops.2
Pope: The Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church.
1. ”What Is the Difference between a Sister and a Nun?" Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016
2. "Glossary of Catholic Terms." Glossary of Catholic Terms. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.
Q: How far is each event?
A: Most races are between 2 and 4 miles. The distance of each event race is determined by a dedicated scripture verse. For example, the scripture verse for Done Before the Nun is Philippians 3:14, the race is 3.14 miles. Flyin’ by the Father’s scripture verse is Hosea 2:19; the distance is 2.2 miles with an optional second lap. Quicker than the Vicar’s scripture verse is 2 Timothy 4:7; the distance is 4.7 kilometers (2.9 miles).
Q: I cannot run. Can I still participate?
A: Absolutely and we encourage you to participate! These events are less about your finish time and more about giving glory to God in celebrating your gift of movement. It is a journey to the cross, celebrating with each and every participant along the way no matter if you run, jog or walk across the finish line. Come join us, we want you there!
Q: How many of the events do I need to complete in order to be entered into the grand prize sweepstakes drawing for the trip for 2 to the Holy Land?
A: In 2017 we redesigned the Holy Land Raffle opportunity. ANY individual who participates is eligible for entry in the raffle. ALL participants where registration was 1000 or more individuals will be automatically entered into the raffle!
Q: Do I need to register for all of the individual events all at the same time?
A: No. Each event has its own deadline leading up to the specific event date. If you are joining us late in the series and you want your chance to be entered into the sweepstakes drawing, you may register for the entire series at any point before the last race, complete one event and earn a sweepstake entry.
Q: Is this event sponsored by the Archidocese?
A: No. Vigeo, Inc. is the management company and the event simply starts and finishes at parishes inside of the diocese. The event series has been vetted by and aligned with the requirements from Catholic Mutual. Parishes, participants or others may contact Catholic Mutual with any questions that they may have 651-290-1605.
Q: Do I need to be Catholic to participate?
A: No. This is a fun-filled series of events where all are welcome to participate. We ask that each participant be respectful of fellow participants and respectful towards the Catholic ideals and symbolism used in the events.
Q: What is the cross all about that is carried on the race course?
A: Inside of the wooden cross contains all the names of that day’s event participants and any private personal prayer intentions. It is an honor and a privilege to carry the cross and pray for all of the participants along the way. You are not required to carry the cross. If you do, please be respectful. The cross may be passed from one person to another along the way.
Q: I missed an event. Can I still buy the swag?
A: Most swag items will be available for purchase in the Spirit Store.
Q: Is the swag the same t-shirt for each race?
A: No. Have fun collecting different swag at each race event!
Q: What is so special about the medals from the 2016-17 event series?
A: Collect all 7 medals by finishing all 7 events and you will find that all the medals fit together like a simple puzzle and have a beautiful picture and special message from God on the back.
Q: I received an invitation membership for ALL THINGS CATHOLIC in my packet. What is this for?
A: By being a participant, you are also given a one year free membership to the All Things Catholic resource guide. This membership allows you to search for Catholic-owned business or professionals. If you are looking for a service, use this reference guide to support a Catholic and help one another to strengthen our community. Please let the business or professional know that you found them through All Things Catholic. Check back frequently, as we are always adding new businesses or professionals.
Q: Is there a kids fun run (Little Lambs Mad Dash) at each event?
A: No, but most events will have a Little Lambs Mad Dash. Check with each event’s page to determine if there is a Little Lambs Mad Dash associated with it. It is at the discretion of each parish to host the Little Lambs Mad Dash event, based on time of year and facility amenities.
Q: Where can I follow this event on social media?
A: Follow and like us on:
Facebook: Faster than the Pastor A Journey to the Cross
Little Lambs Mad Dash (LLMD)
Q: Is there a Little Lambs Mad Dash at each event?
A: No. Check with each event’s page to determine if there is a LLMD associated with it. It is at the discretion of each parish if they can host the LLMD event based on time of year and facility amenities.
Q: Do Little Lambs Mad Dash events qualify for sweepstake entries?
Q: Is the LLMD a timed event?
Q: Is the LLMD a race?
A: The LLMD is an obstacle course for kids to run through by age groups. It is a fun run that encourages kids to move their body and have fun running a race just for kids.
Q: What is the age limit for LLMD?
A: All kids ages 2 to 10 can participate. Kids will run by age categories as a smaller group.
Q: Is there a prize for winning the LLMD?
A: Each child will receive some type of item for participating. The LLMD is all about giving kids an opportunity to have fun moving their body and encouraging kids to be involved in our community.