Happy 25th Birthday Cardinal Cup!

Click the "pictures" button, above right, to see all of the photos in this gallery - of the Cardinal Cup over the years!

On April 6, we ran the 25th Cardinal Cup 5K and 1 mile fun run here on our gorgeous Cathedral campus and through the adjacent neighborhoods. There was a sea of happy people having fun and getting exercise. The Cardinal Cup has always been about good will and fellowship, which is why it was started 25 years ago by Jana and Richard Burch- the chairs of that year’s Cathedral Ball. Jana and Richard  had 3 sons at Cathedral then and now have 2 grandchildren at our school! The race began in 1994 as a way to create lasting relationships with our sister school, Mother Seton Academy. The founders wanted to have the race take place on the same day as the Cathedral Ball. Long time organizer, Lisa Stromberg, explains the idea behind that decision was “to give to others before we raise money for ourselves.” 

Since establishing the roots of the race in 1994, the morning has grown and grown. We have had several strong Cathedral parent volunteers organizing this spring day. We thank the Burches and so many more organizers such as Lisa Stromberg, Ellie Murphy, Becky Scaletta, Suzanne Gaudreau, Julie Cain, Patty Darby, Sheila Muldowney, and, of course - Amy Matteini - who has been working so hard to organize this race for the past 8 years.  Amy is extremely dedicated to Mother Seton Academy and she now serves on their school board and is very involved in all aspects of the school.  Amy shares, “thanks to the tradition of the Cardinal Cup, we have been able to further grow the relationship between middle schoolers at Mother Seton and Cathedral.  Students come together to participate in an annual team-building retreat and various service projects such as Saint Vincent de Paul’s Empty Bowls.” Organizing the race is a large undertaking, but one that is so important and worthwhile for all parties involved.  

Lisa Stromberg shares, “I have many favorite memories, mostly of all the wonderful people (some listed above) who worked diligently to make the race a success.  Also, I am so pleased that the race has compelled MSA to develop a health and wellness component, including a running club and nutrition awareness. In the early years, the MSA students walked the course and with training they eventually were able to run and have achieved competitive finish times.  That is measurable progress. Twenty-five years is a huge milestone.  It represents the vision, dedication, and support of many to engage in a joint, fun, child-friendly activity.  We learn from each other, and the mutual relationship benefits both communities.”

So, Happy 25th Birthday Cardinal Cup! You have built quite a legacy of peace and good spirit. Thanks to all the parent organizers who enable this tradition to build and grow so strong. Here’s to 25 more years of building healthy relationships through running!