“In the early years, we typically warmed up a full mile and then every half mile we took a small walking break. The point wasn’t for her to get a specific time, but rather to enjoy the race journey, high five every Marine on the course and earn her shirt and medal.”
Every year, thousands of runners converge in Fredericksburg to #RunWithTheMarines during the iconic Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend. And although the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 live event scheduled for Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17, participants had the opportunity to run the events virtually.
For many Americans, Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer, barbeques, beaches and backyard fun. But the true significance of Memorial Day is honoring and remembering the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The Belleau Wood 8K and Recon Ruck, events originally planned for June 20, will occur alongside the Quantico 12K on August 22 with corresponding virtual options. Run Amuck will become a do-it-yourself, virtual-only experience, while the Quantico Tri will be removed from the event schedule and be replaced by a new virtual option.
With stay-at-home orders and social distancing still in place to help combat the global pandemic we’re all facing, runners may be missing the motivation and camaraderie that comes with group training and running with friends.
For Fisher House Foundation runners, the Marine Corps Marathon is just as much about supporting military and veteran families as it is about celebrating the storied heritage of the Marine Corps.
Exercise routines have been uprooted. Going outside for a routine run can feel overwhelming and lonely trying to remain socially distant from other runners and pedestrians. Everyone is searching for solutions to staying active and Select Physical Therapy, proud Historic Half sponsors offers some helpful tips.
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.