For many, running is one of the best coping tools to use for dealing with difficult times like these. However, there are days or moments when your emotions might get the better of you. We are all in this together, and we can both savor the joy we have felt when participating in running side by side and feel the pleasure of anticipating that we will one day be able to have those experiences again.
"I enjoy being a small part of a huge undertaking. It is exciting to participate in an event as a volunteer. Being around motivated and positive people, both staff and runners, is in itself a great experience."
More than 3,000 runners across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom set out to run the 11.03-mile distance anytime between March 12 and March 28, anywhere they could – on the treadmill, on the trail, at the track or even in their backyard! The virtual event provided the global MCM running community the chance to achieve their fitness goals and still run together during this unprecedented time.
The 2019 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) was awarded Gold level certification by the Council for Responsible Sport, an organization that independently verifies the socially and environmentally responsible work by sports events.
"I do it because I enjoy it. I like working with the people, the challenges and making order out of chaos. I get to do a lot of things not always available to others."
"As a Marine and runner, it allows me to give back to the running community through an organization whose mission is aligned with my personal priorities and life."
"It is the least we can do to support those who have given so much." The first blog in the National Volunteer Appreciation Month series featuring Semper Fi & America's Fund.
Steven, a retired USMC Sergeant, and Lettie discovered they were brother and sister in August. Their first meeting was at the MCM finish line in October 2019.
Choose an organization that resonates with you and click the links to connect directly with the organization and their representatives to find out how you can add purpose to your miles. Charities may have entries to the MCM, MCM10K and even the MCM50K.
Running 26.2 miles is an incredible feat, but for those participating in honor of a family member who served or is serving, the accomplishment serves a bigger purpose. As we remember those that have fought and sacrificed for their country, we recognize the family members who share their stories.
Even in most places where we are required to shelter in place, going outside for periods of time to run, hike or just to take a walk with people from your household and/or dog is safe – and good.