When he first left the Marine Corps, Jared McGowen faced a lot of challenges while transitioning to civilian life, as many veterans do. Now, his main purpose is writing and speaking about overcaming obstacles by applying his military experiences and training to build the life he always dreamed of having.
"The one-mile distance events are a way to create moments of shared joy and accomplishment for families with their young runners," says MCM Director Rick Nealis. "They are also intended for individuals, who might otherwise be hesitant about running, to start down that path with a 'feel good' experience."
“My Dad and I are going to achieve the Distinguished Participant together, and the memories we take home from each of these races is more than enough to keep us happily reminiscing."
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization celebrates the storied history of the United States Marine Corps through running events that bear the name of important Marine Corps dates, terms and iconic battles including the Belleau Wood 8K to be hosted on Saturday, June 15 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.