A trio of cross-country runners from Xavier College Preparatory and Brophy College Preparatory have organized a virtual fun run with the aim of benefiting St. Vincent de Paul.
The group of three included Jamie Stelnik from Xavier as well as Jackson Moran and Charlie Fallon from Brophy. All three student-athletes are juniors, according to a press release.
“There are people who are forgotten during the panic of the pandemic. We wanted a way to raise money to help them, so we created The Arizona Run for COVID-19,” Miss Stelnik said in a prepared statement.
“You go out by yourself and run 1 mile or a 5k, and send in your time. Get your family and friends to contribute to your run. We’ve even got a leaderboard for prizes for the fastest female and male runners. Plus, we have a raffle that everyone can participate in.”
All proceeds from The Arizona Run for COVID-19 go to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. A donation supports to-go meals from St. Vincent De Paul’s charity dining rooms and food boxes for families in need.
It also helps with rent and utility assistance for individuals missing paychecks, telemedicine for the uninsured, hygiene kits and shelter, a release states. A suggested donation of $15 will go straight to St. Vincent de Paul’s COVID-19 fund.
The Arizona Run for COVID-19 even helps restaurants who are preparing St. Vincent’s meals during the pandemic. The virtual race takes place through June 12. Those interested don’t need to run to donate. Participants can run outside or even on a treadmill.
“Some people consider this time a stay at home vacation. It’s totally the opposite for many people,” Messrs. Moran and Fallon said in a joint statement.
“In fact, this is the time when they need more help than ever. We don’t want people suffering -- especially knowing we can do something about it. Plus, the running community is tight-knit in Phoenix, so we know they want to help.”