How This Christian Group Promotes a Pro-Life Message Through Running

Participants during the March for Life walked for a purpose. (Photo: Kevin Mooney)

It was a cold and cloudy day with poor visibility on the side of a mountain in Colorado when Dr. Pat Castle first encountered Padre Pio, the canonized Roman Catholic priest from Southern Italy, who was known for his healing powers and connection with supernatural occurrences.

It was 2006, and Castle was about 10 minutes from reaching the finish line in the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. He had been fine when the race began at the base of the mountain in Manitou Springs, Colo., but he had climbed the narrow, windy trail to 7,815 feet, and he was beginning to wonder if he was going to be able to finish.

“I just said a prayer,” Castle told The Daily Signal. “I could hear someone speaking to me, and when I looked over my shoulder I could see St. Padre Pio running with me.”

It was as a result of this experience that Castle decided to form Life Runners, which helps to fundraise for and promote the pro-life cause.

Castle described his mountaintop vision as he stood just a few feet away from the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. during the annual “March for Life” last month.

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