The Marine Corps Marathon took place last weekend and as usual it was a great display of physical fitness, community goodwill, and as a wonderful showcase to honor our Marines.
The marathon also featured good old fashioned fun times. Runners were decked out in crazy outfits and some service pups even got in on the action with a special 2K race before the race where a group of pooches competed to “bring attention to service dogs for members of the military and veterans.”
Check out these great photos from Marine Corps Marathon runners courtesy of the Marathon's Facebook page:
Katrina Elizabeth commented,
“I'd like to give a special shout out to Marine Morales for the encouragement when I finished. He handed me my medal and personally thanked me for running to remember a number of fallen veteran. A really feel good moment. Great experience! Thanks for the memories.”
Runner Ben Chan sports an outrageously fun outfit from the race:
It must have been a bit of a challenge for Bill Conner to run the race in this full length Stay Puft Marshmallow Man outfit:
Runner Eirenee' Shalom Servais took this awesomely patriotic post-marathon pic:
Colleen Shea Perry had nothing but praise for Marines, volunteers, and spectators at the race:
“God Bless all the Marines! Thank you for your service. This was an awesome event!! My favorite race to date. Thank you to all the volunteers and the spectators (especially those who gave me Swedish fish, gummi Bears and fig newtons). You all made my finish possible.”
It was a very special race for Margie Hodges:
"Ran in my Dad's honor and with his Rosary.
Teri Phillips fulfilled a lifelong dream:
The dream was born 29 years ago when my Girl Scout troop worked a water station. The race was everything I dreamed it would be. Makes me even more proud to be a Marine brat. Good job Marines.
Awesome picture from Luz Elena Anguiano who commented that her first marathon was an “Unforgettable experience!”:
After she finished the race, Megan Lucas gave her medal to someone very special:
I gave my medal to my father, Seamus McWilliams. Vietnam Veteran, USMC, 3rd Division 68-69. It was an honor placing it around his neck.
Tania Kuhn has an amazing story to go along with her post-marathon photo:
Such an incredible feeling getting to have my picture taken in front of the statue my dad posed for wearing my medal!!!
Sonia Sioux Brownotter had two very good reasons for running this race:
Ran in honor of my USMC Son, Lcpl Christian Brownotter, currently stationed at HQMC 8th & I & USMC Husband, Cpl Brady Brownotter 2/5 Fox Co. 1992-1996!
The Marine Corps Marathon brought us some inspirational moments like this one:
Participants were honored by having a Marine put a medal around their necks:
As the comments on Facebook showed, runners were extremely appreciative of the experience:
Participants realized what an honor it was to run alongside a Marine:
This year's Marine Corps Marathon was truly a wonderful showing of community spirit and patriotism.