American Idol finalist Clark Beckham will sing the National Anthem at the start of the 44th MCM then join runners in the corrals to participate in his first marathon. After his runner-up performance on the hit TV show in 2015, Beckham’s entire life changed even needing a disguise, on one occasion, to make it through the airport without fanfare.
Beckham is looking forward to honoring the veterans in his family and showing his patriotism during this visit to the nation’s capital. His last trip to the District was to perform at President Barack Obama’s inauguration with his college choir. This time, he will celebrate by singing the National Anthem with the Commandant of the Marine Corps nearby.
“I am looking forward to reflecting on our nation’s heritage and thinking of the men and women who have worked so hard and pushed themselves for the freedom of this country. I am excited,” shares Beckham.
While touring at the beginning of this year, he realized his physical unhappiness and unhealthy eating habits. He drew inspiration from the audiobook “Can’t Hurt Me” written by ultra runner David Goggins. He pulled over on the side of the road and signed up for the MCM, his very first marathon. He has lost 30 pounds since March. His goal is to finish in four hours or less and sneak in some time to see the monuments.
Meet Clark at the Ask Me Stage in the Expo on Saturday, October 26 at noon and stream his new single ‘ I Hurt Too Much.’
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