Even though the weather left a bit to be desired, many came out to show their support and participated in the 2013 Epiphany Catholic School Marathon.
The event took place on Oct. 5, with a 5K fun run and 1K walk. Students, school and parish staff, as well as family and friends, also participated in service projects around the school and church.
The marathon, the school’s largest fundraiser, kicks off the beginning of every school year, with students earning service hours for work performed in the community.
A core value of Epiphany has always been service to others and the marathon is an opportunity for students to live out this core value and become stewards who will continue to provide service well into their adult lives, according to Kelly Collins, one of the marathon organizers.
This year’s goal was to raise $20,000 and provide 4,000 service hours. The goal was surpassed and more than doubled with $45,052.36 raised and 7,562 hours of service performed.
With the marathon proceeds this year, the school will continue making investments in technology.
On Marathon Day, over 80 volunteers helped clean windows, school classrooms and the outside church and school grounds.
They also enjoyed the company of Epiphany Pines residents by playing bingo.
The new 5K was a huge success, with Rev. Luke Marquard raising $5,947 for his participation in the run.
Included this year was the opportunity to participate at Feed My Starving Children, where volunteers hand-packed meals specially formulated for malnourished children in 70 countries; 248 people participated, packing 332 boxes, which will make 69,302 meals and feed 196 kids for one year.
“Epiphany Catholic School would like to thank everyone who helped support them in these amazing accomplishments,” Collins said.