The North Face Endurance Challenge is a marathon that is not for the faint of heart. Participants who take on the 26.2 mile trail in Bear Mountain State Park journey along the western shoreline of the Hudson River and through the rugged terrain in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Runners of all levels and experience will often cite a motivating purpose behind their wanting to push the limits of their bodies and to train ever further. For three men running the marathon on May 3, 2014, that motivation is Good Counsel Homes.
Calling themselves the “Mountain Marathoners for Life & Love,” teammates Christopher Genn, Jeff Mazzone, and Daniel Genn have been quietly raising funds for Good Counsel Homes leading up to the Endurance Challenge. Chris is currently in the lead of their friendly fundraising competition and at press time, the team has raised $1,671.00 for the moms and babies of Good Counsel.
When asked why they chose to run for Good Counsel, Chris said, “I’ve known about Good Counsel Homes for many years and I believe its co-founders, Fr. Benedict and Christopher Bell, are truly holy men. To raise money for Good Counsel Homes to carry out its mission means raising money for the respect of all human life. More importantly, I wanted to help mothers in difficult situations to recognize the beauty of life within them.”
Chris, his brother Daniel, and their mutual friend Jeff are dedicated to running this particular marathon because of their love for life and the joy of running. Chris shared, “I’ve never run more than 13 miles at any given time in my life. This is the entire team’s first ever marathon! Trail running is a challenge but, it allows us to be closer to God’s natural creation while challenging ourselves mentally and physically.”
We at Good Counsel remain forever grateful for any help we receive that keeps our door always open to homeless, pregnant women who have nowhere else to turn. We are continually humbled by the great lengths the friends of Good Counsel will go to in order to help us continue our mission.
Thank you Chris, Jeff, and Daniel! The moms and babies at Good Counsel will be with you in spirit and cheering you on!
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.