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It doesn't get much hotter than the temperatures we will face in the Sahara Desert, but we consider ourselves blessed to have the opportunity to compete in the 150-mile Sahara Race to promote the good work of the Religious Teachers Filippini. Because many people in the world are much less fortunate.
Dog Brent Weigner completed
Sister Mary Beth Lloyd and the other Sisters of the Religious Teachers are continuing their work to promote the dignity of women and children in some of the poorest countries in the world – and here at home – by providing an education to those who previously had limited opportunities and choices in their lives. More than that, the Sisters also help provide the necessities of life: water, food, shelter, and clothing.
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The Sahara Race
September 25 to October 1, 2005, Team Stray Dogs will compete in the Sahara Race in Egypt. Team Stray Dogs will include endurance athletes Marshall Ulrich, Brent Weigner, and Chris Frost. While all three men are over 50, they expect to be very competitive in the team division - as these are tough and experienced guys!
Marshall as completed more than 112 races averaging over 100 miles each, is one of three people in the world to have competed in all 9 Eco Challenge adventure races, and has reached the top of the Seven Summits. He has completed the 146-mile Badwater ultra across Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney a record 13 times, and has won the race a record 4 times.
Brent holds the world record for running ultra marathons on all 7 continents in the shortest period of time, and is the only person in the world who has run ultra marathons at the North and South Poles. He as already completed two of the 4 Deserts races - the Gobi March and the Atacama Crossing.
Chris has completed over 100 triathlons including three Iron Mans at Kona. He is a three time finisher of the 135-mile Badwater Ultra Marathon across Death Valley to Mount Whitney, including a top 10 finish.
Organized by Racing the Planet, the Sahara Race is a self-supported footrace across 150 miles of the Sahara Desert. The race consists of six stages, lasting 7 days. Competitors are required to be fully self-supported throughout the event, carrying all of their own food, gear, and clothing.
Without the motivation of the fundraising, Team Stray Dogs could not be competing in the race…or the competition would mean so little. As written in I Corinthians 9, 24-27:
Do you not know that the runners all run in the race,
but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.
Every athlete exercises discipline in every way.
They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.
Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing.
No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others,
I myself should be disqualified.
Knowing that you have contributed to the Religious Teachers – making a difference in the lives of the women and children – will provide the motivation that is needed for Team Stray Dogs to complete the Sahara Race.
The Sister's Work
Following the Sahara Race, Marshall and his wife Heather will visit the missions in Eritrea where the Sisters are making a difference in the world: in the cities of Asmara, Hamelmalo, and Tukul, Eritrea.
When the Sisters arrived in Hamelmalo in 2004, there were 1,500 children under the age of 5 that needed water, food, shelter, clothing, and an education.
The 200 pregnant women in the village had never been to school and had one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. There is now a well in the village to provide water, and the Sisters provide some milk and food to the children every day, as well as daily lessons.
Sister Antonio with the children
But, there is still work to be done! And not just in Eritrea. The 900 Sisters of the Religious Teachers are also working in Albania, Brazil, England, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States.
Through your generosity, the Sisters are able to provide aid to underprivileged children and their families.
To support the wonderful work the Sisters are doing, Marshall, Brent, and Chris ask for your donation in association the Sahara Race.
Every penny of your donation will go directly to the women and children. The Religious Teachers Filippini do not use any of the money they receive in donations for overhead or their own living expenses. One hundred percent of your donation will be used only for the women and children.
Team Stray Dogs suggests the following donations levels - or whatever you can afford - in recognition of the team's efforts to run 150 miles across one of the hottest deserts on earth!
you would like to send a check, please make it payable to: Religious
Your donation is tax deductible.
If you prefer, you can make your donation now using your Visa or Master Card. Please select the "Visa Master Card Buy Now" button below to make your donation directly to the account set up for the Religious Teachers Filippini Mission Fund.
Remember...one hundred percent of your donation will go to the deserving women and children!
Donations of any amount are always appreciated.
We thank you for your donation, and wish you love and peace at heart.
If you'd like more information, please contact Marshall.