"We started to game plan how to join the 2020 MCM, either gamble with the lottery or join the Semper Fi Team,” said Craft. “We never came to an agreement before my dad suffered a heart attack and suddenly passed on January 22, 2020. His passing directed me to join the Semper Fi & America’s Fund team in his honor.”
In compliance with new guidelines directed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia about gatherings, the Turkey Trot 10K and Mile will no longer be hosted as live events aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.
“Over two years ago, Dr. Darren McKnight, dear friend and 1981 Air Force Academy classmate made a pledge to support my charity and the MCM was his vehicle of choice,” said Garvin. “Last year, Darren ran the MCM for the first time since 1997 and he didn’t stop there. He recruited several other runners including two other 1981 Air Force Academy classmates, Jack Berkebile and retired LtCol Tim Hawes to run with him.”
Earlier this fall, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) and long-time Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) sponsor Sodexo presented three Arlington County Public Schools with the 2019 Healthy School Awards, after months of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I joined the Fund’s sports program (Team Semper Fi) where I was then able to maintain my recovery/therapy through sport, raise awareness and funds for the Fund, and challenge myself like I never thought I would before,”
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) staff surprised five local runners earlier this month when the team delivered event day supplies and other goodies in person. The lucky recipients ranged from veteran MCM runners to first-timers with inspiring and interesting stories.
In accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) policy, all runners, volunteers, spectators and sponsors requiring access to the base for the MCM Event Series must have an approved ID or Common Access Card (CAC) & TESLIN (active, retiree, dependent, reserve, individual ready reserve) and be registered into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), prior to being allowed on Marine Corps Base Quantico.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, also known as the liberation of Kuwait, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) will host the virtual Desert Storm 218 Miler. Runners ages 10 and up will have the opportunity to complete 218 miles—the approximate distance the Marines covered upon arrival between the main airport in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia to the middle of Kuwait City.
In 2010, Michelle Kinsella ran her first marathon in honor of her Marine dad Sgt Bob Poulin, and she hasn’t stopped running since.
“I got a package from Fisher House that had a little singlet that had ‘Fisher House’ on it,” he said. “And I thought, well, if I paid $500, I'm going to wear this jersey. So, I pulled it on. I had no idea what it was going to mean.”
“When I saw the opportunity to run the MCM10K, and raise funds directly for CMV awareness, I jumped at the opportunity,”