Marine Corps Marathon Update

Big news for the Marine Corps Marathon this week. First, Boeing announced that it’s joining the MCM to celebrate the centennial of Marine aviation. In honor of this celebration, the MCM start ceremony will feature a Boeing V-22 Osprey flyover at the conclusion of the national anthem. The ceremony beings at 7:45 a.m. on October 28.

Not long after Boeing made its sponsorship announcement, the MCM 10K sold out at a total of 10,000 registrants. The race sold out 3 weeks earlier than last year’s race and maybe it’s because MCM coordinators are promising 10K runners a “more impressive landscape in the most scenic area of the nation’s capital.” The race starts at 12th Street and Madison Drive, outside the National Museum of American History. New race course details are outlined below.

After charging through the MCM10K starting line, participants will run along Madison Drive passing the Museum of Natural History as they make a right turn onto 7th Street at the National Gallery of Art. Runners will then enjoy a striking view of the U.S. Capitol before turning onto Jefferson Drive as it meets the Air and Space Museum. Runners will then pass the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, the historic carousel, the grand Smithsonian Castle and Freer Gallery of Art. Turning left onto 14th Street, runners will travel by the Holocaust Museum and run over the scenic Potomac via the 14th Street Bridge. From there MCM10K runners will traverse Crystal City waving to the best crowd on the course, and then the North side of the Pentagon for another view of the Potomac. For the final 1.2 miles, MCM10K participants will run along Route 110, finishing alongside 37th MCM runners at the Marine Corps War Memorial.



New Kicks For Next Month

I just scooped myself the new Nike Free Run sneakers in preparation for the MCM weekend. I can’t believe the 10K and marathon are NEXT month. I hope everyone is training hard (even though there seems to be a lack of training posts on the blog). Let’s kick our butts into gear.

Kind of shocking I didn’t get the pink pair, right?

Olympian Women Kick Butt

After setting an Olympic record in the women’s marathon this morning in 2:23:07, Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia shared her mindset with a reporter stating, “I said, ‘Oh wow, I’m not going to finish.’ “I just concentrated on running. All of a sudden I made it.”

It may sound weird, but I’m comforted by the fact that even the best struggle mentally and physically. At one point during the marathon, 24-year-old Tiki reached for her water bottle and collided with another runner. She fell to the ground, scraping her right elbow. But she kept going and she won. If only I had that stride…

I’d like to point out that our U.S. runners weren’t too far behind Tiki. Flanagan finished 10th in 2:25:51. Goucher finished 11th in 2:26:07. Mary Keitany of Kenya, who won the London Marathon in April, finished fourth in 2:23:56.

Other notable facts: 23 runners reached the halfway point at or near 1:13:13, and 11 women DNF.

Warm up or ….

Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke warms up before kicking ass in the 100 meter hurdle race. Though her dancing is impressive, I highly recommend watching the actual race too. To skip ahead to the start of the run fast-forward to the 3:00 min mark.

Tour de France 2012

Congrats to all those who competed in the 2012 Tour de France.

Are you ready?

Happy Birthday, Christy!

Kate working with the MCSF

To see Kate’s interview segment on KCRA News, which they won’t let me embed, click here.

“For fifty years, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has provided annual scholarships to students of Marines and Navy Corpsmen with attention to children who have lost a parent in action. Of the scholarship recipients, eighty-nine percent graduate from four-year institutions, forty-two percent pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and many go on to public service careers, demonstrating the societal benefit of these awards.

Kathryn James, a Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation award recipient, will be attending East Carolina University in the fall. Kathryn, whose father, Major Brian James, died after his V-22 Osprey aircraft crashed into the Potomac River, says the scholarship gave her the opportunity to fulfill her father’s dream of his children attending college. “The Marine Corps has given me more than financial help, it has connected me with families and offered me support to accomplish my dad’s dream,” said Kathryn.

Margaret Davis, President and CEO, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, believes the Foundation’s success in fundraising despite the weak economy was due to its vast network of volunteers and donors involved over the past few decades, a strong board of directors with a commitment to the mission of the organization, and a dedicated professional staff team.” – via Philanthropy Journal

To make a donation, click here.

An Apocalptic Zombie 5k


Yesterday, a bunch of thrill-seeking runners participated in the first ever Run For Your Lives 5K. According the race’s website, Run For Your Lives is an apocalyptic 5K obstacle course. But you’re not just running against the clock — you’re running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading zombies.

When I first read about this 5K, I was intrigued but I was also wondering how the hell it worked. After researching the race a bit, I discovered the rules were actually quite simple. Before the race, each runner is given a flag belt. Just like in a game of flag football, these flags represent a runner’s health. Throughout the obstacle course there are zombies who want to take the runner’s flags, and if a runner loses all his/her health flags, he/she dies. And the zombies win.

As if being chased by zombies and having to complete an obstacle course weren’t enough, there is yet another trick to this race. The additional trick is that there are multiple routes a runner can choose from, and if you choose all the wrong routes you end up running a 10K rather than the 5K you anticipated.

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