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First-ever pro-life half marathon!

John-Henry Westen

Vitae Foundation and LIFE Runners are hosting America’s First Pro-Life Half Marathon/5K. Runners will be coming from all over the country on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at Katy Trail State Park in Jefferson City, Mo. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., with the races beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $55 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5K and both include a historic event shirt if you register before October 17. Late registration will be $65 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K. To register online go on the Vitae website, www.vitaefoundation.org/events.

“We’re excited to host America’s very first pro-life half marathon on the historic Katy Trail!” Vitae President Dr. Pat Castle stated. “Expect many personal best finishes on this beautiful, flat, certified course that takes you on Lewis and Clark’s route along the scenic Missouri River. We hope that Americans of all ages from coast to coast join this first-ever pro-life event to run, walk, and cheer for a culture of life! Whether you take a plane from the coast, hop a train in the Midwest, or drive from within the Show-Me state, you will not be disappointed—together, we are winning!”

Medals will be awarded to the overall top male and female finishers, top three male and female in each group (not including overall top male and female), and top three overall finishers in the walk. Age groups include: 19 & under; 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. The event will take place rain or shine.

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Sponsorships are available, which include company recognition on the back of the race shirt and in the race programs. Company promotional items or materials will be included in all race packets. There will be exhibit tables in the registration area to distribute materials and information to runners.

Many women feel scared and confused when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Vitae’s goal is to use media to connect these women with local Pregnancy Help Centers where they can find caring support and resources. Not only do these Pregnancy Help Centers provide the information and resources to assist them in making that decision in favor of life, but they also provide assistance throughout and after pregnancies.

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