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meet the 2023 mcm diplomats

These passionate runners are helping MCMO tell the world about a healthy and active lifestyle through fun, authentic and engaging content. Follow each of our Diplomats as they showcase their passion for the sport while training for the 48th MCM.

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Jose crosby

Jose is an active duty Marine, stationed in Quantico, Virginia, who is also a participant on the All-Marine Run Team. Further, he has over 12 years of experience in running from middle school to college and hopes to use it to help others find success in their own ways. Most recently, he qualified for the Boston Marathon during his first marathon, the 2022 Marine Corps Marathon. Jose continuously finds himself motivated to challenge the limits of himself, as he is currently training for his first ultra marathon and eventually a full length Ironman.

Outside the realm of endurance running, Jose is an active volunteer at the United Service Organization (USO), a part time student, a voracious reader and a true lover of the alluring, charming yet beautiful state of Virginia.

You can follow Jose on his running adventures on Instagram @crosbyrunswild.

Jessica Hood

Jessica is an avid runner and content creator based in Washington, DC. She has run 2 marathons and hopes to complete two more (including MCM!) in 2023. When she isn’t running, working her full time job in finance, or creating content, she loves trying new restaurants and activities in DC with friends and playing tennis and golf.

You can follow along her marathon training journey on Instagram @jessrhood or TikTok @jessicarosehood. 

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Greg Rouson_Diplomat

Greg Rouson

Greg is a former U.S. Army officer. Originally from Hamptons Roads by way of Roper, NC, he is a long-time Alexandria City resident of 17 years and counting. An avid runner, Greg is a Marathon Maniac, Half Fanatic and MCM Runners Club Member.

You can follow Greg on Instagram @roustance.

kelly vigil

Kelly is an ultra runner and mom to three. She’s been running since 2011 and has run the Marine Corps Marathon 4 times. Currently, she’s training to run the MCM50K this year. Based in the Charleston, SC area but from northern VA, Kelly is also a run coach who simplifies running & encourages runners to go after their goals. Having fun and enjoying the miles is her priority!

Set your running goals along with Kelly by following her on Instagram @moremilesmorefun.


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MCM Diplomat, Kelly Vigil: Training as a mom

Training for a marathon is a huge time commitment. Big goals require lots of time and effort! It makes the finish line that much sweeter. I’ll be toeing the line at the MCM50K this fall as my 5th time participating in the Marine Corps Marathon Weekend. As a mom to three young kids, here is […]

MCM Diplomat, Greg Rouson: Consistency! Consistency! Consistency!

Consistency! Consistency! Consistency! If you hadn’t guessed from the title, this blog entry is about being consistent with training and racing, no matter which one you do more. At the risk of dating myself, I want to share a lyric from one of my favorite 90s-era west coast rappers, Suga Free: “If you stay ready, […]

MCM Diplomat, Jessica Hood: Embracing Long Distance Running

My running journey started when I was 17. I had been a competitive dancer growing up and played golf competitively in high school, but as I saw those sports coming to a close, I looked for something new that I could take into college as a hobby. It was funny that I chose running, because […]

MCM Diplomat, Jose Crosby: Why Breaking Up WIth Running Can Be Good

They say breakups are the worst. I couldn’t agree more. According to Dr. Google, the always trustworthy, semi reliable but free therapist, in a lifetime humans can experience about three major breakups. So far, I have tallied in my head one human, with a girl back in college and one non-binary, an entity of sorts, […]