2016 Monk Run helps raise nearly $8,000 for Abbey flood relief efforts

Abbot Justin Brown, O.S.B., is presented with a check for $7,815 from this year's Monk Run by Diane Weiss of the 15th Street Flyers. Standing with Brown and Weiss are Leslie Tate, Director of Institutional Advancement for the Abbey and Kathy Nastasi, Manager of Marketing and Volunteers for the Abbey.

When more than two feet of water inundated Saint Joseph Abbey and  Seminary College during a flash flood last March, the campus was left with no choice but to temporarily close. Thirty-one buildings were damaged. Not only were classrooms, dorms, the Abbey Chapel, gift shop and retreat center left out of commission, but the Abbey’s annual  popular trail run and walk, Monk Run, was also cancelled.

Through the kindness and generosity of the 15th Street Flyers, race organizers decided the 2016 Monk Run, rechristened as a street style race, must go on. Monk Run was moved to Hubie Gallagher Park on April 23 as a fundraiser for the Saint Joseph Abbey Flood Relief Fund, helping bring in $7,815.

“Diane and Bud Weiss from the 15th Street Flyers went above and beyond for us this year. Their commitment to help bring the race back to the Abbey next year is a testament to the enduring bond we have with the community. Their generosity means so much to us, especially in what we anticipate will be a long road to recovery,” said Abbot Justin Brown, O.S.B.

Brandon Wingate won this year’s 5K with a time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds. The overall female winner was 15-year old Katie Collura with a time of 21 minutes, 46 seconds. A post-race picnic included local food and beverages. Race sponsor Abita Brewing Company provided beverages, including Abita Amber, Abbey Ale, Abita Root Beer, and more. Kentwood Springs also donated 1,000 bottles of water for race participants and volunteers.

Please visit helptheabbey.com to contribute to the Abbey’s recovery efforts.