Revised 9/17/2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.   What is the Rosary Run?

A1.   The Rosary Run is a Rosary-Themed 5K Run through the streets of St. Louis City hosted by St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church on October 7, 2017.  The race will start at the 'Old Cathedral' Basilica near the Arch, proceed to the south, and end at St. Mary of Victories.

Q2.  Why are we doing the Rosary Run?

A2.  This is a year of anniversaries.  In honor of Our Lady of Fatima (100 years in 2017), and the 175th Anniversary of the founding of St. Mary of Victories, we have taken up this very unconventional means to promote devotion to Our Lady through the Holy Rosary.  We are inspired by Mother Angelica's words:

"Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous. When you have God, you don’t have to know everything about it; you just do it."

Thus we began our work to build "A devotion in motion."

Q2-b.  Are non-Catholics welcome at the Rosary Run?

A2-b.  Yes, absolutely.  While this event has a distinctive and unapologetic Catholic flavor in that we are celebrating a very popular devotion - the Holy Rosary, we welcome everyone interested in joining us in this peaceful, family-friendly, fitness-oriented activity in celebration of Our Lady and the 175th anniversary of St. Mary of Victories.

Q3.  Wasn't this originally a 15K Race?  What happened?

A3.  Yes, we originally planned a 15K Race which would start at the New Cathedral Basilica on Lindell, wind past several parishes, and end at St. Mary of Victories.  Unfortunately through a combination of unanticipated expense for traffic safety, and other civic restrictions we decided to go with a supurb 5K race the first year.

Note:  there was a second change, due to further restrictions placed on us by the City of St. Louis.  Another larger event was mistakenly booked for the Archgrounds and we were asked to reroute our smaller event to the south.

Q4.  So what does the new new route look like?

A4.  The new route starts at the Old Cathedral, turns south along the edge of the Archgrounds (Poplar Street), and ends at St. Mary of Victories.  There is a map available at this link.

Q5.  Are walkers welcome?

A5.  Yes.  Walkers are welcome on the 5K Route.  We will also offer a less formal "Fun Run" which goes directly to St. Mary of Victories from the Old Cathedral.  The 5K Route will be re-opened to traffic after 90 minutes, and walkers will be asked to complete the race using the sidewalks.

Q6.  Where is race-day registration?

A6.  Race-day registration will be in the parish hall at St. Mary of Victories.  We encourage all runners to register in advance through the web-site to help keep costs down.

Q7.  Where can I park?

A7.  Runners can be dropped off at St. Mary of Victories, or park in the lot at the corner of Gratiot and 3rd.  Other lots are available (i.e. the corner of Gratiot and 4th).  There will be no payment needed for these lots on a Saturday.

Q8.  Where can I store my personal possessions for the race?

A8.  Change:  There will be no personal belonging check-in at this year's race due to a shortage of space and manpower.  We apologize for this limitation.  

Q9.  How can I get from St. Mary of Victories to the Old Cathedral for the start of the race?

A9.  You may not drive and park at the Old Cathedral.  The parish has asked that only workers park in the lot.  You may, however, be dropped off, take the shuttle bus (included in the price of the race registration), or walk the 1/4 mile from SMV to the Old Cathedral.

Q10.  Can those who aren't registered runners / walkers ride the shuttle bus?

A10.  Yes, anyone who is affiliated with the race may ride the shuttle buses. 

Q11.  If I ride the shuttle bus to the starting line to watch the event, will I be able to ride back to St. Mary of Victories.

A11.  Yes, your shuttle ticket will allow a return trip.  However, we have promised to be out of the parking lot by 9:30 am due to two weddings planned at the Old Cathedral that morning.  After 9:30 am, if there are remaining riders, the shuttle will pick up on the ramp leading up from Poplar Street.  (this will be marked).

Q12.  When and where will the awards ceremony begin?

A12.  The ceremony will begin outdoors at St. Mary of Victories, shortly after the conclusion of the race (when the walkers have all arrived at SMV.)  We anticipate the race to start at 8:15 and the run to conclude between 9:30 and 9:45.  If there is inclement weather, we will have the ceremony inside the church.

Q13.  What happens after the awards ceremony?

The Victory Festival will begin.  This family-friendly festival will include barbecue pulled pork, Hungarian brats, live music (bands TBD), Philadelphia Water Ice and Ice Cream, Kids Games.  Beer and soda will be available. We will also have the Second Annual "Great Cookie Sale" and take orders for the upcoming Hungarian Sausage Sale.

Q14.  What is Icon Alley and when does it begin?

Icon Alley is a space we have set aside at the corner of 3rd and Chouteau where the faithful can stand (or bring a lawnchair) during the race to display their images of Mary and Jesus.  At 9:30 am there will be a Marian Procession with a large statue of Mary and Jesus, led by the Knights of Columbus, with the faithful following, into the finish line.  Fr. Harrison will bless the icons at the finish line.

Q15.  What is the Second Annual Great Cookie Sale?

A15.  The cookie sale is a giant cookie sale offering delicious cookies and cookie-like baked goods from various bakeries around St. Louis.  So far, these will include Dad's Cookies, Diana's Bakery (Cherokee), Lubeley's Bakery, Park Avenue Coffee, El Chico Mexican Bakery (Cherokee), and the parishioners of St. Mary of Victories.  More bakeries will be announced as they sign on!

Q16.  To whom do the benefits of the Rosary Run and Festival go?

A16.  The Rosary Run is primarily intended to be a public celebration of Our Lady and a chance to share with people the joy of praying the Rosary, which is often misunderstood.  We expect the expenses and revenue from the race to break even.  We do expect the Festival, including the Cookie Sale, to be a successful fundraiser.  Any revenue generated from these events will benefit historic St. Mary of Victories and next year's race.


Q17.  Are donations accepted?

A17.  Yes.  Most months, St. Mary of Victories loses money and must dip into savings to remain operating.  This is due to low attendance (a common problem). Events such as the Rosary Run and Festival are designed to make people aware of the beauty and historical significance of St. Mary of Victories and our reverent liturgies.

Thus, we do gladly accept donations, which can be given at the registration table or in advance at

Q18.  Where can I find out more about St. Mary of Victories and other events held here?

A17.  More information can be found at our web site,



Q19.  When can I pick up my race packet, instructions and T-Shirt?

A19.  There will be packet pick up on three dates:  Thursday, October 5, in the evening at Fleet Feet in South County; Friday, October 6 from 4 to 8 pm at St. Mary of Victories (in the hall); and Saturday morning from 6:30 am to 7:30 am at St. Mary of Victories.  More detail will be posted here as it becomes available, and e-mailed to the runners/walkers.



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