Welcome Runners and Walkers!!
We are so happy that you're interested in running or walking in the First Annual King to Queen Rosary Run in honor of the 175th Anniversary of St. Mary of Victories Church. This is a faith-friendly and family-friendly event. A description and map of the run is offered below.
The run begins at at the venerable 'Old Cathedral' Basilica of St. Louis IX, King of France, built in 1834, in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. (The race starts at 8 am, but you may also join us for Mass at 7 am inside the Cathedral.) The route proceeds north and east around the grounds of the Gateway Arch, and to the amazing engineering masterpiece, the Eads Bridge, built in 1868.
At the Eads Bridge, the course turns south along the riverfront. There you will see a view of the magnificent and mighty Mississippi River to your left, and to your right you will see the Gateway Arch high upon the hill as you pass the Grand Staircase. You might even see a few riverboats moored at the shoreline, and barges as they transport goods south to New Orleans.
The course passes the "Mural Mile," where local street artists have created amazing and colorful murals on the flood wall since 1997, then north back to the
"Dad's Cookies Finish Line" at St. Mary of Victories where you will receive Dad's delicious Scotch Oatmeal Cookies and other refreshment!
Following the awards ceremony, we'll have a Rosary Rally (outdoor prayer of the Rosary) - all are welcome!
Following the Rally the Festival Begins! We are planning Barbeque Pulled Pork and Hungarian Brats, Philadelphia 'Water Ice' (Italian Ice), Ice Cream, and Live Music. This family-friendly event will also feature kids games and the amazing second annual 'Great Cookie Sale.' The sale features delicious cookies from many local bakeries. You won't believe your eyes!
So sign up today! There's no other event quite like it, and we're thrilled you'll be a part of it this October 7!