M*A*S*H, which stands for Medical Aid Supplying Hope, was created as a means of introducing the Central California community to a local non-profit organization called Medical Ministries International. MMI obtains donated, surplus medical equipment, supplies, and medicines and ships them to less advantaged clinics and hospitals all over the world. In addition, MMI volunteer travel teams hold primary care clinics in various regions where medical care is unavailable. MMI has provided assistance to India, Haiti, Congo, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mexico, Armenia, Columbia, Laos, Fiji, South Africa, Indonesia, Honduras, Ethiopia, and the Philippines.
The M*A*S*H Team exists to support the work of Medical Ministries International and offer an opportunity to get fit at the same time. Participants on M*A*S*H Teams raise funds for MMI in return for receiving training for various marathon and half marathon events. M*A*S*H first trained a team for the 2008 Two Cities Marathon and Half Marathon (in Fresno and Clovis, CA). Since then, M*A*S*H has sent teams to the St. George Marathon, six more Two Cities Marathons and Half Marathons, the Napa Valley Marathon, the California Classic Half Marathon, and Fresno's Shinzen 10 Miler. All told, hundreds of runners and walkers on M*A*S*H Teams have successfully crossed the finish line.
Learn more about the M*A*S*H program from those who have experienced it:
• M*A*S*H will have a Team of runners and walkers for the November 1, 2015 Two Cities Half Marathon. Registration for the 2015 Two Cities M*A*S*H Team will open in July 2015.
• A M*A*S*H Team of runners and walkers also will be formed for the March 2016 California Classic Half Marathon. Registration for the 2016 California Classic M*A*S*H Team will open in December 2015. Registration for the March 2015 California Classic M*A*S*H Team is now closed.
• If you would like to receive information on future M*A*S*H Teams, please let us know via the Contact link above.