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Oscar Mike AwardPennock
Derived from the military phonetic alphabet for O and M, the Oscar Mike award translates to "On the Move" and is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Marine Corps Historic Half, the running community and the City of Fredericksburg. In 2014, the Oscar Mike honor will be presented to Captain Richard Pennock of the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Pennock began working with the Historic Half during initial planning in 2007 and, over the years, has supported the event in three different capacities.  Pennock served as the Police Incident Commander for four years.  In this capacity, he was responsible for externally communicating the actions of dozens of officers along the course on event day, in addition to serving as the lead emergency management officer in the Command Operations Center.

Following his service as Incident Commander, Pennock transitioned to Fredericksburg Mayor Tom Tomzak's protective service detail during the 2012 event.  Last year, the 29 year-veteran officer was filled the role of Public Information Officer for the police department during the Historic Half.

"It's so humbling to receive this award," said Pennock.  "There are so many people that work toward the success of the event.  I'm honored to have been chosen from among these great people."

The Henniker, NH, native spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard serving in the Presidential Honor Guard for both, President Carter and President Reagan, before joining the Fredericksburg Police Department.

"Captain Pennock is really dedicated to the event, the city, and the runners," MCM Director Rick Nealis said.  "His knowledge and leadership allowed the MCM to develop courses and safely welcome an additional 2,000 runners to Historic Half Weekend.  He's proud of his city and has worked hard to showcase its beauty, history and landmarks during the Historic Half."

Pennock, recently having been transferred to command the Detective Division, will be training the next generation of command members at the 2014 Historic Half.


Hilton Garden InnThe Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg is located next to the Historic Half start, as well as the official finish line for the Half, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K. Complimentary parking for overnight guests makes walking to the Marine Corps Historic Half and Expo very convenient. In addition to a warm, friendly atmosphere, the Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg offers:

  • Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet
  • Mini-fridge, microwave oven and Keurig In-Room Single Cup Brewer in each guest room
  • Indoor pool, Whirlpool & Fitness Center
  • Hilton Honors Guest Reward Program
  • 24-Hour Executive Business Center
  • Great American Grill Offering Fresh Hot Made to Order Breakfast, Evening Dining & Room Service and Cocktails

Fredericksburg Shuttles
On Saturday, May 16, the City of Fredericksburg will offer free shuttle service for all Healthy Lifestyle Expo attendees to historic downtown. The shuttles will depart from the Expo Center continuously throughout the day from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The shuttles will transport Expo attendees to three Downtown locations: the Williams Street side of Hurkamp Park; directly across from the Fredericksburg Visitors Center on Caroline Street; and also at 925 Caroline Street, across from historic Goolrick’s Pharmacy.

All visitors to the Healthy Lifestyle Expo can catch the free shuttle directly outside the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.

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Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center

2013 FMACCThe Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center in Fredericksburg, VA is offering free visits to runners participating in the Marine Corps Historic Half. In addition, the Museum is providing free-year long memberships and discounts for all Fredericksburg-area residents running the Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K. In order to obtain free admission during Historic Half Weekend, runners will simply display their event bib or participant shirt. Fredericksburg residents participating in the Historic 10K or Semper Fred 5K will receive their individual Museum membership via email.

The Fredericksburg Area Museum echoes the City's grand history from its pre-Revolutionary War beginnings that included our nation's forefathers and former Presidents like George Washington and James Monroe, to its prominence during the Civil War. Runners embarking on the Half marathon or 10K courses will pass the Fredericksburg Area Museum, located at 1001 Princess Anne Street, as they travel through historic downtown.

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