U.S.M.C. Marathon

U.S.M.C. Marathon

By: Harry

This past Sunday (30 Oct), I attended the Marine Corps Marathon in Wash. D.C. and,NO I did not run the course but, my daughter and her boyfriend did. Later that day we were having dinner and,I ask how this race was,compared to other races.They both agreed,”The best race ever so far”! The highlights for them was especially “The Blue Mile” where for a mile long stretch of the course volunteers stand along the course holding American Flags and photos of fallen service members.It was mostly silent during that part of the course. My daughter told me that the most emotional part of the race was at the finish line when a young Marine placed the medal around her neck and ,shook her hand.She could not hold back her emotion and started crying so the Marine hugged her but ,she started crying more .She will go again next year I’m sure! On a personal note. I met a lot of 19 &20 year old Marines there that reminded me of how young we were when we went to war. SEMPER FI !! Harry

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  • Charlene K Wiese-Perisho

    I had the honor of completing the Marine Corps Marathon in 1977 and 1978. There were 6 of us of us from the SNCO Academy who ran it together. Back then there was only a little over 2600 runners in 77′ and just over 5800 in 78. It was a great experience and one of the greatest highlights of my career. Also had the privilege of working 3’more of the Marathons in the mid 80’s while again stationed at Quantico. “Happy Birthday and Semper Fi” Marines!!


  • Mike Vetro

    I am now 68 years young and still proudly wear some Marine clothing. When someone walks up and says “Semper Fi” or just “thank you for your service, I feel a strong sense of pride for having served in the United States Marine Corps, The Few, The Proud, The Marines. God bless all who have served and are now serving under the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.


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