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Voted “Best Marathon for Families”, the Marine Corps Marathon continues a combined tradition of dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism. Runners from all walks of life have participated in the world’s largest marathon to not offer prize money, deservingly earning the nickname “The People’s Marathon.”
For 37 years Marine Corps Marathon staff have taken pride in offering a world-class event and have established the event as one of the best-organized marathons in the world.
Rick Nealis • MCM Race Director
Rick, a native of Philadelphia, PA, joined the staff in 1993. Under his supervision, the MCM has grown from a 26.2 mile race to a non-stop event weekend and expanded the organization from coordinating one event to hosting seven races throughout the year in Arlington, Prince William County, Fredericksburg and MCB Quantico.
Nealis was commissioned in May of 1975, after receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Villanova University. His 20-year military career included duty stations like Kaneohe, HI, Okinawa, Japan and Quantico, VA. He completed deployments aboard the USS Tarawa, USS Okinawa, and the USS Tripoli when he was a part of the amphibious ready group during the Iranian Hostage rescue attempt. While in the Marine Corps, Major Nealis succeeded in furthering his education earning a Master of Business Administration in Management from Golden State University and a Master of Science in Human Organizational Services from Villanova University. In August 1995, Nealis retired from the Marine Corps with a final rank of Major.
He served as the Olympic Torch Deputy Caravan Coordinator for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and had the distinct privilege to carry the Olympic Torch on its longest leg of the relay in Young Harris, Georgia on July 16, 1996. In 2002, Nealis served as a member of the security team for the Olympic Torch Relay for the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. On December 19, 2001, he again had the honor to carry the Olympic Torch in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
In 2009, Nealis was inducted into the Hall of Champions for Running USA and in 2010, he was named Race Director of the Year by Road Race Management. Nealis has completed five marathons (including three MCMs) and boasts a PR of 3:09:50 from the 1983 MCM. Nealis is married to the former Ms. Jo Ann Webb and currently resides in Falls Church, VA.
Angela Huff • Deputy Director
Angela is currently the Deputy Director for the Marine Corps Marathon. A German native, Huff joined the staff in 1995.
Prior to the Marine Corps Marathon, Huff received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in Germany in 1979. She went on to serve as the Marketing Coordinator for UVEX sporting goods, followed by her role as an Immigration and Naturalization Civil servant in Germany. She has held several administrative positions with US Army Community Services and Family Advocacy Program and has even been an aerobics instructor! Huff received her second Bachelor's Degree in Business and Marketing in 1998 from the University of Mary Washington, VA and has participated in the United States Marine Corps’ Civilian Leadership Program.
Huff has participated in numerous 5K, 10K and half marathons and completed several marathons; one of them Boston. She also completed one triathlon recently.
She has a son and a daughter, who is currently an active duty member of the US Air Force. Additionally, Huff is a member of Toastmasters International and is an active community and running industry volunteer.
Ken Delahoussaye • Logistics Manager
Ken is currently the Logistics Manager for the Marine Corps Marathon.
A native of St. Martinville, LA, Delahoussaye joined the staff in 2001 as the Warehouse Chief and was promoted to Logistics Manager in 2003.
Prior to the Marine Corps Marathon, Delahoussaye was a member of the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted in 1994 and received the Military Occupational Specialty of 3051 supply. His nine-year military career included duty stations like San Diego, CA, Camp Lejeune, NC and Quantico, VA. Delahoussaye also completed deployments aboard the USS Kearsarge and USS Oakhill to the Mediterranean and the USS SaiPan to Saudi Arabia. In 2003, Delahoussaye left the Marine Corps with a final rank of Sergeant.
Delahoussaye’s running career includes physical training as a Marine and his one and only 5K.
Delahoussaye currently resides in Fredericksburg.
Marc Goldman • Sponsorship/Marketing Manager
Marc Goldman is the Sponsorship/Marketing Manager for the Marine Corps Marathon, the Marine Corps Historic Half and the MCM Event Series. Since 2002, Goldman has overseen the tremendous growth of the marketing department that includes sponsorship sales and fulfillment, social media, public relations, community outreach, graphic design, advertising, video and website management. Under his leadership, the MCM has developed partnerships with hundreds of companies, most notably 24 of the Fortune 100. He also proudly serves as the host for MCM opening ceremonies and as the start/finish announcer for the Historic Half marathon and MCM Event Series races.
Since 1993, Goldman has been creating high profile marketing campaigns in the Washington, DC area serving as Public Relations Director for Verizon Center, the sports/entertainment arena, and, later, as Communications Manager for the Downtown DC Business Improvement District. At Verizon Center, Goldman promoted over 200 events annually including family shows, concerts and sporting events. He even dressed in an Elmo costume at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony with President Clinton.
A native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Penn State, Goldman began his career as a late night DJ on a Pennsylvania radio station and, later, spent a year in the Pittsburgh Penguins public relations department during their Stanley Cup championship season.
Marc and his wife, Sharon, have three children and spend a lot of time driving to Girl and Boy Scout meetings, basketball practice, guitar lessons and soccer games.
Jim Jackson • Business Manager
Jim is currently the Business Manager for the MCM. A native of Hauppauge, NY, Jackson joined the staff in 2007.
Prior to the MCM, Jackson was a member of the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted in 1981 and received the Military Occupational Specialty of 4131/4133, Marine Corps Community Services, as well as 8411, Marine Corps Recruiter. His 26-year military career took him to places such as Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan, Kaneohe Bay, Hi, Denver, CO, Australia, Thailand, Korea, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to name a few. Jackson completed deployments to the Middle East in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In August 2007, Jackson retired from the Marine Corps with a final rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant.
Jackson is a sports enthusiast who enjoys motorcycling, skydiving, & hiking and has reached the summits of both Mount Fuji, Japan and Pikes Peak, CO.
Jackson and his wife, Jeannette, have two children, Janelle, an honor student at Massaponax High School in her junior year and James Carlos, a 7th grader and 1st chair drummer at Battle Field Middle School. They currently reside in Fredericksburg, VA.
Bret Schmidt • Operations Manager
Bret Schmidt is currently the Operations Manager for the Marine Corps Marathon. A native of Mankato, MN, Schmidt joined the MCM staff in 2003.
Prior to the Marine Corps Marathon, Schmidt was a member of the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted in 1980 and received the Military Occupational Specialty of 0311 infantryman. His 23-year military career included duty stations like Marine Barracks Washington, where he was a member of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, Camp Lejeune, NC, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and Quantico, VA. Schmidt also completed deployments to the Middle East in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. In August 2003, Schmidt retired from the Marine Corps with a final rank of Master Sergeant.
Schmidt has been an avid runner for more than 30 years, beginning in high school and continuing throughout his adult life. He has run 20 marathons, including 12 MCMs, and boasts a personal record of 2:59:00. He has competed in multiple triathlons, including the 1986 Hawaii Ironman and hundreds of 5K, 10K, and half marathon road races.
Schmidt has two children and currently resides in Fredericksburg, VA.