Seminarian Jeremy Winters, winner of the 5K Trail Run
15TH STREET FLYERS HOST MONK RUN AT THE ABBEY
by Br. Elias Eichorn
With 1200 acres of pine forest and miles of trails, Saint Joseph Abbey provides a beautiful venue for hosting a trail race. Such races are not just for those who run often. On the contrary the Monk Run allows for runners and walkers of all kinds to participate. The non-competitive nature of the race affords the participants with a fun and exciting day that merely begins with a one mile or five kilometer (3.1 mile) race.
click here for photos on the Abbey flickr site
Racers take flight on a unique course that does not pass over any paved roads; it consists solely of picturesque trails and views that astound. The course winds through the acreage of the Abbey forest and makes a loop through the property. Once racers are finished with their morning run or walk they are treated to a great post-race experience.
Two different councils of the Knights of Columbus supported the post-race party by cooking hamburgers, hotdogs, and gumbo; the food was phenomenal. Along with delicious food there was always a few tasty drinks to accompany it. Abita brewery generously supplied the race with kegs of beer and root beer for the participants. It turned out to be quite a post-race experience!
Though the race is not necessarily a competitive event there are, obviously, still winners of the race. Handmade wooden trophies were presented to the overall winners, along with the winners of the prospective age groups. Workers in Saint Joseph Woodworks, including a few of the monks, labored to get the trophies made. These trophies were something unique and extraordinary for such a small race.
The race was originally setup to support the monastery by providing income for the forest. There are plenty of maintenance and upkeep requirements for our land, and that income is welcomed to build up our beautiful forest. One of the main purposes of the race is to provide the community with a leisurely event on the monastery grounds. The race is safe for runners and walkers alike. There was even a dog walking in the race this year! Those attending the event can see a side of the monastery that is not often shown to the public. The race offers an opportunity to see a part of the monastery that would not be seen otherwise.
A big "thank-you" is due to all that volunteered and helped make the race possible. Most importantly the 15th Street Flyers, a non-profit running club, provided a lot of the services that made the event possible. Thanks to all that came out to enjoy the day, and we hope to see you next year!
click here for the 15th Street Flyers web site