About the TEAM IOCC: Akron Marathon 2022 Event

This year's race is dedicated to Irene Theodore:

Irene was a tireless worker, a compassionate Christian, and a role model for many. One of her most favorite places to be, from age 12 on, was singing in the church choir, where she sang her heart out during Liturgy during her last day on earth.

Irene was to receive the Metropolis of Pittsburgh St. Photios Award this spring for her lifelong efforts as a volunteer. Irene felt a deep desire to engage, learn about, and make a difference for others. She never met a stranger, they were just friends she hadn't met yet.

Irene was active in both Sts. Constantine and Helen, Cleveland Hts. and Annunciation Akron parishes. Her ministries included serving as President of the Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor), Parish Council, and Sunday School faculty. She instituted the Church Bookstore, the highly successful Flea Market at the Greek Festival, and Orthodox Forum. Along with her husband Ted she directed the first Diocese Summer Camp where they promoted the faith, shared their immense creativity, and helped campers and counselors alike form lifetime bonds.

What is Race to Respond?

In 2002, five dedicated IOCC supporters led by Jim Angelus made history by riding their bikes cross country to raise awareness and funds for IOCC's worldwide humanitarian work. In honor of IOCC's 20th anniversary, Jim, along with two other cyclists, rode 3,000 miles in 2012 to once again support people suffering from war, poverty, and natural disasters around the world.

Now, Race to Respond is a program that everyone can participate in! We invite you to become part of TEAM IOCC in any competition you may be participating in. Dedicate your efforts to helping those most in need by fundraising, asking friends and family to sponsor you. Race to Respond demonstrates how the efforts of a few individuals can make a world of difference!

Why Akron?
IOCC volunteers in Akron have been working for years to help spread awareness about International Orthodox Christian Charities' global humanitarian mission. In 2014, Akron locals traveled to Baltimore to join TEAM IOCC there--and loved it so much that they took the idea home with them! Now in its seventh year, TEAM IOCC at the Akron Marathon Series is a great way for the local Orthodox community and churches to support those in need.

Are you an official partner charity of the Akron Marathon Series?
No. TEAM IOCC will be participating as an unofficial charity team.