McHalf Drill Instructor

My name is Capt. Fred McHalf. I am senior Drill Instructor at the Marine Corps Marathon. Our missionis to help you to become a Marine Corps Historic Half marathon, Historic 10K or Semper Fred 5KFinisher.

In 2013, we will lay down new challenges to find the best of the best and the toughest of the tough inFredericksburg, VA on May 19. Whether you choose to tackle 13.1 miles in the Historic Half, 6.2 milesin the new Historic 10K or 3.1 miles in Semper Fred, be assured that you will recognize the distinctcharacter of the Marine Corps over any distance you pursue. And new this year, you will all tackleHospital Hill- Because you can!

McHalf 2The Historic Half course will remain an out-and-back loop starting and finishing at the FredericksburgExpo & Conference Center. The new Historic 10K will be a point-to-point run, as will the SemperFred 5K for the first time since its introduction. These point-to-point runs allow 10K and 5K runners toexperience the same course challenges and espirit de corps as Historic Half runners, with all participantspassing under Old Glory proudly displayed by the Fredericksburg Fire Department on the way to theirshared finish line.

Why the new challenge? A Marine is characterized as someone who possesses only the highest of militaryvirtues, he obeys orders and respects his seniors and he strives constantly to be the very best in everythinghe does. We expect no less from our runners.

Discipline and spirit are the hallmarks of a United States Marine. Each and every one of you can runwith the Marines if you develop discipline and spirit. We will support every effort you put forth in yourtraining, even if you have given up on yourselves.

We will treat you as we do our fellow Marines, with fairness, firmness, dignity and compassion as youpropel yourselves up Hospital Hill. With the firing of the starting pistol, my Marines will be with youeverywhere you go on the course of your choice. We will provide water. We will provide Gatorade. Wewill provide motivation.McHalf 1

From you we demand the following: You will give 100 percent of yourselves at all times and cheerfullyaccept all motivation willingly and without question. You will trust in your training to carry you throughthe course. You will destroy Hospital Hill. You will smile when you cross the finish line and receive yourmedal.

You must work hard to strengthen your bodies and be proud of yourself and the bib number you wear.Above all else you will never quit and you will never give up, for we have laid down the challenge inFredericksburg, VA- the opportunity to run through history, conquer Hospital Hill and earn the title ofMarine Corps Historic Half marathon, Historic 10K or Semper Fred 5K Finisher.

Registration opens on January 23 for the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon, Historic 10K or SemperFred 5K.

*Capt. McHalf’s speech was inspired by the Marine Corps Drill Instructor New Recruit Speech.

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