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2019 Official Historic Half Program

Welcoming Back wear blue Tribute to fallen service members | pg. 18

Transportation Shuttles and Parking | pg. 9

Course Maps 13.1, 5ive, Devil Dog | pg. 8-10


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Historic Half Day Fredericksburg Mayor bestows special recognition

MCM Leadership Major General Vincent A. Coglianese Commander Marine Corps Installations Command/ Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations & Logistics (Facilities) Colonel William C. Bentley III Commander MCINCR - Marine Corps Base Quantico Lt. Col. Eugene Nagy Commanding Officer Headquarters & Service Battalion

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Aged to Perfection

How to start running at age 64

Rick Nealis Director Angela Anderson Deputy Director Cory Cole Deputy Director Bret Schmidt Operations Manager Ken Delahoussaye Logistics Manager Marc Goldman Sponsorship/Marketing Manager

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Honor, Courage & Commitment Inspiring Marines and honoring those who have served

5 Historic Half Schedule 6 Event Day Checklist 7 Entertainment 8 Historic Half Course Map 9 Transportation

10 5ive & Double Course Maps 11 Spectator Guide 1 8 Iron Mile Company 22 Sponsor Appreciation

No Federal or Marine Corps endorsement implied.

Jim Jackson Business Manager Ashley Topolosky Public Relations Coordinator Corbin Stewart Design/Graphics Coordinator Glory Contributors: Marc Goldman, Sandra Osborn-Peters, Ashley Topolosky, Emily Walz Photography MarathonFoto, MCMO, Communication Strategy & Operations, MCINCR MCB Quantico /MarineCorpsMarathon marine_marathon MarineCorpsMarathon

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MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF DAY WHEREAS, on Sunday, May 19, 2019, the City of Fredericksburg will welcome thousands of motivated runners to experience the premier annual event and the greatest half marathon in history, the Marine Corps Historic Half; WHEREAS, the City of Fredericksburg celebrates Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend from May 17 through May 19, as the City welcomes the United States Marine Corps to host running events through the historic streets and downtown. The U.S. Marine Corps embodies honor, courage, and commitment, and showcases distance running events with pride and purpose through the historic sites and nearby shopping districts; WHEREAS, the Marines challenge runners with the three distance options of the Marine Corps Historic Half, Semper 5ive, and Devil Dog Double. Together, these events invite thousands of runners, spectators, and volunteers from across the United States, around the globe, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and their hometown of Fredericksburg to experience the City’s historic views and welcoming neighborhoods. The City of Fredericksburg encourages residents to be inspired by this showcase of fitness and cheer from front porches, greet runners in town, and volunteer alongside the men and women of the United States Marine Corps;

Welcome to Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This event invites all runners, spectators, volunteers, special guests, and sponsors to immerse themselves in the history and pride of this fine host community while being supported and encouraged by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps. Since 2008, the memorable street scenes, colonial sites and picturesque downtown has welcomed nearly sixty thousand runners with enthusiasm, hospitality and a friendly spirit. Why Fredericksburg? As a city with its history rooted in battle, Fredericksburg is both a celebration of where it has come from and what it envisions for the future. Not unlike the Marine Corps that builds on a storied past and always has an eye on what lies ahead. Take time to explore the City and really soak in the sites along patriotic courses of the 13.1-mile Historic Half marathon, five-mile Semper 5ive and 18.1-mile Devil Dog Double.

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor of Fredericksburg, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 19, 2019, Marine Corps Historic Half Day and I encourage the citizens of this community to open their arms with support, cheer on the runners, and display warm hospitality to all; FURTHER , I urge Fredericksburg citizens to embrace the mission of the Marine Corps Marathon Organization by leading an active and healthy lifestyle, to generate community spirit and honor the men and women of The United States Marines Corps

Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor Fredericksburg, Virginia

Perfectly situated halfway between the capital of the Commonwealth in Richmond and the nation’s capital, the weekend events have something for the entire family to discover, whether a history buffs, food enthusiasts, hardcore runners or a local residents. For everyone associated with the Historic Half Weekend, I hope this experiences reinforces your commitment to healthy lifestyle endeavors. The Marines, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization and I salute you. And to the runners, Oorah!

Rick Nealis, Director Marine Corps Marathon Organization


Historic Half Weekend Schedule Friday, May 17

Healthy Lifestyle Expo Opening Ceremony

3:30 p.m.

Healthy Lifestyle Expo & Packet Pick-Up

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center

Healthy Lifestyle Expo & Packet Pick-Up Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center VIP Dinner

Eden Try Estate Winery - *Ticketed Event

Historic Half Opening Ceremonies

6:40 a.m.

Semper 5ive Start

6:40 a.m.

Historic Half Wheelchair/Hand Cycle Start

6:57 a.m.

Washington Avenue & James Monroe High School Washington Avenue & James Monroe High School

Historic Half Start

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Carl D. Silver Parkway

Devil Dog Double Start

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

6:30 a.m.

Historic Half Start Line

Saturday, May 18

Sunday, May 19

Carl D. Silver Parkway

Historic Half Awards Ceremony

Carl D. Silver Parkway

7:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

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Event Day Checklist Know how to get to the start.

Smile for the camera.

Are you driving? Are you walking from a nearby hotel? Are you getting dropped off at the Semper 5ive? Do you know Devil Dog Double participants start at the Semper 5ive start line? Simplify event morning with an effective travel plan. Know where parking is for all events and monitor traffic on I-95 if driving on the morning of the Historic Half. For Semper 5ive and Devil Dog runners, remember there’s no shuttle to the start line. For transportation information, visit page 9.

MarathonFoto photographers will be positioned throughout the course in front of Fredericksburg’s most scenic sites and at the finish. Strike a ‘revolutionary’ pose or just offer a confident “thumbs up.” All images taken by MarathonFoto will be available for purchase in digital or print formats.

Know the time line. Devil Dog Double participants will start at the Semper 5ive start line at 6:40 a.m. In 2019, the Semper 5ive start time also moves to 6:40 a.m. so both events will start simultaneously. The Historic Half begins at 7 a.m. Devil Dog runners have until 7:35 a.m. to complete the 5ive course and begin the 13.1 mile portion of the Double.

Bib and safety pins. Grab the Historic Half bib with the attached timing device. Fill out the emergency medical information on the back of the bib, and then pin the bib in a visible location on the front of event-day clothing. And, remember, bib switching is not allowed and could result in disqualification. Switching bibs alters award results and could impact medical support.

Extra layers.

The Historic Half course offers multiple water points featuring Gatorade, plus a Jelly Belly Sports Beans food station. Most importantly, please remember to throw all trash in the cans located at water points.

Locate the Info Tent. The info tent is located on Carl D. Silver Parkway on the Wegmans side of the street prior to the start line when approaching from Central Park.

Share bib number. Supportive family and friends can follow a runner’s progress by text message or email by knowing a runner’s bib number and signing up for the Historic Half Track-A-Runner service.

Reunite with supporters.

Weather during the Historic Half has historically been varied. Pay attention to the forecast and dress appropriately to shield the wet or shed in the warmth.

Plan to link-up after the finish. Flags will be placed throughout the finish area featuring letters of the alphabet. Coordinate the post-run reunion to take place under the first letter of the runner’s last name.

Clear Historic Half bag.

Tales from the road.

Place any extra clothing in the clear bag distributed at Packet Pick-up and drop it off at the Baggage Claim, a service available at both start line locations. Attach the baggage sticker located on the back of the bib to identify the bag. All Semper 5ive and Devil Dog bags will be relocated to the finish line for runners to claim.

Share the experience. Offer feedback. Exclaim success. The MCM Facebook page is a great place to communicate with others. Post Historic Half Weekend images on Instagram and tag them with #RunWithTheMarines.

Line up in appropriate corral.

The first step in earning the Distinguished Participant medal is running the Historic Half, Devil Dog Double or the Semper 5ive. To complete the challenge, register to run in Run Amuck, Recon Ruck, Crossroads Challenge or Belleau Wood 8K in June; the Quantico 12K, Mile or Quantico Tri in August; and the Turkey Trot 10K or Mile in November. Visit the MCM website to register for all the required events in the quest for the amazing Distinguished Participant medal.

Help everyone get off to a successful start by lining up alongside other participants with the same expected finish time as designated by large corral signs. Half marathon corrals will range from under 90 minutes to four hours.

Walk the walk. Those participants moving at a slower pace should move to the side of the road allowing other runners to easily pass.

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Distinguish Yourself.


Entertainment Therapy dogs, cheer groups, colonial and patriotic reenactors and musical entertainers line the scenic 13.1 mile, Marine Corps Historic Half course through historic Fredericksburg. The diverse entertainment lineup blends history and patriotism with local flair that adds a special community feel to the event. Runners and spectators alike will see unique groups from former Marines hosting a motorcycle display to cheerleaders and majorettes providing enthusiasm and energy, to high school bands helping put pep in the steps. The Stafford Performing Stars will provide a cheer station at Mile 3 of the Historic Half course, while the Dynamic All-Star Majorettes return to provide flash and sparkle just before the halfway point. Actors from the Washington Heritage Museums will enhance the colonial feel of downtown Fredericksburg, dressed as characters from that era ready to take photos with eager runners along Prince Edward Street. Diggs and Burns, composed of two Marines and a family member, are new to the Historic Half. They will perform near Mile 7 at Hurkamp Park.

“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to play at the Historic Half,” shared Sergeant David Diggs, lead singer and guitarist for the band. “As an active duty Marine, it makes me proud to play my music in support of my fellow service members.” From country music to f lags of freedom, the Historic Half beams with patriotism. Coleman Motor Company, established in Fredericksburg in 1949, will again suspend a 19’x10’ American Flag and a POW f lag from their tow trucks. The trucks will be placed just after runners pass Diggs and Burns. Patriotism remains with the runners from the nearing of Hospital Hill, which will be lined with patriotic banners. All Runners will swell with pride passing under Fredericksburg Fire Department’s 20’x38’ garrison American Flag that will stretch over Cowan Blvd. Perhaps the most appreciated presence at the Historic Half is the uniformed U.S. Marines waiting at the finish line to greet all runners and present a well-deserved finisher medal.

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Diggs and Burns

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Dj Manny Vega

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Coleman Motor Group

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In Step Entertainment

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Dixie Power Trio

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USMC Band of Brothers

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Colonial Heritage Society Dancers

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Massaponax HS

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wear blue mile

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Fredericksburg Fire Department

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Greensville County HS

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USA Cheer

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Stafford Performing Stars

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Doug Marshall

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UMW Pipe Band

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Rappahannock Area Comfort Canines

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Dynamic All-Star Majorettes

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Blue Gray Therapy Dogs

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Washington Heritage Museums

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Transportation Friday, May 17 – Saturday, May 18 FREE PARKING Healthy Lifestyle Expo Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway

Saturday, May 18

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SHUTTLES Tour Fredericksburg Shuttle Shuttles will run round-trip from Expo Center to Historic Downtown between 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. SHUTTLE STOPS INCLUDE p Hurkamp Park William Street side p Fredericksburg Visitor Center FRED bus stop across from the Visitor’s Center p River Run Antiques, 925 Caroline Street Blue and white shuttle signs

Sunday, May 19 HISTORIC HALF PARTICIPANTS Central Park parking lots. Short walk to the half marathon start/finish location. SEMPER 5IVE/DEVIL DOG DOUBLE PARTICIPANTS Park at designated lots located near the Semper 5ive/Devil Dog start line. There are no pre-event shuttles to this start location. Post-event shuttles will return runners to these parking locations. p James Monroe High School 2300 Washington Avenue 2

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p Mary Washington Healthcare Center 2300 Fall Hill Avenue p Mary Washington Healthcare Center lots location on Fall Hill Avenue intersecting with any of these side streets: Progress, Germania and Elm Streets. POST-EVENT SHUTTLE Post-event shuttles will return Semper 5ive and Devil Dog Double participants and their supporters from Walmart in Central Park to the designated pre-event parking locations. This service will be available from 8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. SPECTATOR SHUTTLE Spectators can easily move between the Historic Half start/finish area and downtown Fredericksburg using the Spectator Shuttle. Departing from the Walmart in Central Park, the Spectator Shuttle has a drop off at Hurkamp Park located near Mile 7.5. This service operates between 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. and 8:00a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RUNNER DROP OFF Semper 5ive and Devil Dog Double participants may be dropped off at the intersection of Fall Hill Avenue and Progress Street, near the PNC Bank. This is located close to the Semper 5ive start. Marine Corps Historic Half | 2019

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Spectator Guide A spectator is defined as ‘a person who watches an event.’ A cheerleader is ‘one who supports and praises.’ Even if not actively participating in a running challenge during Historic Half Weekend, spectators can take charge of energizing others from sidewalks, front porches and folding chairs. With live entertainment, historic landmarks, great neighborhoods, and local shops and boutiques, the Historic Half course offers an ideal backdrop for family, friends, and well-wishers to motivate the masses by injecting inspiration where they see fit along the course. Maximize the cheer experience by following these tips:

p  Be informed. Visit the MCM website or use the Historic Half app for live results and split times. p  Results delivered. Before event day, register for TrackA-Runner services on the MCM website for real-time updates sent via email or text message. Be sure to note a runner’s bib number for tracking. Visit the Map Track service on the website for a visual display of a runner’s progress along the course.

Historic Half Start

Ceremonies begin at 6:30 a.m. with all the pageantry and excitement expected of a Marine Corps Marathon-organized event. Start line is located adjacent to Wegmans.

Semper 5ive/Devil Dog Double Start

Participants and supporters must park near the Semper 5ive/ Devil Dog start location. Post-event shuttle from the finish area will return runners and spectators to their vehicles. Support crew can drop off runners near the Fall Hill Avenue location of the Semper 5ive start and then drive and park in Fredericksburg’s Central Park, located near the finish. Both events will begin at 6:40 a.m.

Viewing area 1: Just after MCHH Mile 7 William Street at Hurkamp Park

p  Know the runner’s pace-per-mile. This is essential information to help pinpoint where and when to see a runner along the course.

After wishing runners well at the start line, spectators should walk toward Walmart in Central Park where they will find buses waiting to take them downtown Fredericksburg. After disembarking the bus at Hurkamp Park, spectators should walk to the other side of the park where runners will be making a lefthand turn onto William Street.

p  Be colorful. Make it easy to grab a runner’s attention with bright clothing or signs.

Viewing area 2: Just prior to MCHH Mile 8

p  Remember that only registered runners with bibs should be on the course. Give them the right-of-way and remain on the curbs and off the streets. p Don’t miss the bus! Shuttle buses are available to get closer to the action. See Transportation article on page 9. p  Share the experience. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook await your images and inspired observations. Be sure to tag with #RunWithTheMarines. p  Plan a post-event link-up location. Runner reunion towers with letters of the alphabet are located just outside the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. Choose to meet under the first letter of runner’s last name.

William Street at Caroline Street

After viewing their runner pass this location, spectators should follow the path of the runners, continuing straight to the intersection with Caroline Street. Here, spectators can also check out the Main Street shops and boutiques while supporting the Historic Half participants.

Finish Line

Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center After cheering runners in downtown Fredericksburg, spectators should return to Hurkamp Park and board the bus back to the finish line. After returning to the finish area, spectators should walk back toward the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center to bring runners home at the combined Historic Half/ Semper 5ive finish line on the Wegmans side of Carl D. Silver Parkway.

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Spectator Pace Chart The chart details the anticipated arrival times of Historic Half and Devil Dog Double participants at select viewing locations based on pace per mile. For Devil Dog Double participants, the chart assumes the runner will maintain a consistent pace across all 18.1 miles. Runner’s Pace Per Minute

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MCM KIDS RUN

JUNE 15, 2019 | MCB QUANTICO

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JUNE 15, 2019 | MCB QUANTICO

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AUGUST 24, 2019 | MCB QUANTICO

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Oscar Mike Award

CONGRESSMAN ROB WITTMAN What first drew you to supporting the Marine Corps Historic Half ? First of all, we all know the history of the U.S. Marine Corps with the Marine Corps Marathon. The MCM is probably the best marathon in the United States. When the Marine Corps Historic Half came onto the scene I thought it would be a great way to extend the legacy of the U.S. Marine Corps and I thought, gosh, I’ve got to be a part of this. The organizers and military community do a spectacular job. The relationship has been a real benefit for the Marine Corps, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and the Fredericksburg community. I’m honored to be a part of that commitment and connection over the last decade. Why is the City of Fredericksburg the perfect home for the Historic Half? Fredericksburg is an area that has a deep connection to the military and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps family. There is not only Marine Corps Base Quantico, but also Naval Support Facility Dahlgren right there in the backyard. It’s a natural connection between those serving, those that have served, and those who have settled in Fredericksburg. It doesn’t matter if you’re currently serving, have served, or are a part of the community, each support the other. I can’t think of a

community. My job is to continue to work as hard as I can to be worthy of the award. Would you like to send a message to the military members supporting the event? Thank you. Thank you for commitment to our nation, for your participation in this fantastic event, and for what you and your families give of yourself. Your willingness to give for our nation is beyond words. More than what you do in uniform in official duties, your continued sense of community makes you The Oscar Mike Award, the very best. Thank you. place anywhere presented annually to an across the state individual who has made Is there a message to the that has a deeper exceptional contributions to the Marine Corps runners participating in connection. Historic Half, the running the event? you for community, and the City of Thank What does and Fredericksburg, is derived participating being honored supporting the military from the military phonetic as the alphabet for O and M. The community. Serving in Oscar Mike Oscar Mike award translates the military is at times representative to “On the Move.” This year’s extra tough. Sometimes, mean to you? recipient, Congressman when military members I am humbled Rob Wittman, U.S. are in dangerous beyond words to Representative for Virginia’s situations, they wonder, have even been 1st congressional district, “How do people at home considered, but exemplifies each of those look at what I’m doing?” to be named characteristics. What the runners are the Oscar Mike saying is that they do recipient is a tremendous honor. I’m understand, respect, and appreciate proud to be among those that have what the military is doing. They show received the award in the past. These this by participating in the Historic individuals have done tremendous Half. things for the nation, military, and Marine Corps Historic Half | 2019

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da Youell in L , th n o m t s la t s day ju r her age With her 70th birth fo s r ie r r a b n w o d breaks of Alberta, Canada nning. u r h g u o r th n o ti a spir group and finds in In 2010, her beloved husband, Gerry Youell, passed away after 32 years of marriage. “My husband and I had a wonderful life together, and because of his strength and love, I continue to be blessed. We shared pleasure in golf, symphony concerts, jazz music, food and wine,” Linda boasts. “Although neither of us was ‘athletic,’ we were active. His death brought a multitude of changes, emotional, spiritual, and physical.”

On May 1, 2013, she put on running shoes and she decided to walk 10 miles, and only made it 2.5 miles. This was her “personal awareness” that this was going to be a journey not just a decision. These first days were challenging, yet she tracked her miles and set distance goals. First to walk a distance the equivalent of going from her Alberta front door to her Florida “snow bird” front door (approximately 2,800 miles), then to walk the distance from Disney World in Florida to Disneyland in California, next from Disneyland back home to her doorstep in Alberta. She met each of these goals and walked more than 8,200 miles in total.

Linda is an inspiration to her local running community in Canada which consists of nearly 50 athletes. In June 2013, shortly after she started her walking journey, she realized she needed “professional help.” Linda found a personal training studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “It is the best decision I ever made for my fitness, well-being, and attitude.”

“Her energy, enthusiasm and spirit guides her,” shares Shaif Jetha, Linda’s personal trainer. Shaif has assisted Linda to surpass her walking Three years later, Linda channeled goals and build new running goals. her grief into running and started Shaif leads the group of 50 athletes in making tangible goals. Beginning personal training and cross training a running journey for anyone can alongside a paralleled running be difficult, and Linda has never group of nearly 30. The runners once thought about giving up after “One foot in front of the other.” travel together, spend Thanksgiving starting from scratch at the age of That’s what she told herself. Linda is with each other and encourage one 64. living proof that it is never too late another in motivating, energetic and to accomplish your goals, or dream understanding ways. up new ones. 14

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Linda’s first race was in April 2014 with a 10K. It was two days before her 65th birthday and she came in second in her age group. By 2015, she had run a number of 5K, 10K, half marathons and one full marathon. She then ran the MCM10K on October 25, 2015. “I had a ball! Once again, I found a group that was completely supportive, encouraging and understanding. I was hooked, twice over!”

suite of MCM events, including 17.75K and Historic Half.” Linda finds the Marines, medals and the community of MCM runners to be unlike anywhere else. She drives or flies from Canada or her winter home in Florida to every Marine Corps running event she can fit on her calendar.

Her dedication and persistence to health and fitness is contagious. She inspired her group in Canada Linda continues with, “And I had to run the MCM together in 2017. the good fortune to meet Rick Thirteen runners made their way Nealis at my first MCM event, and from Edmonton to Washington, I continue to encounter his good D.C. humor and encouragement at the

Lightheartedly, Linda adds, “Being surrounded by good-looking, fit, and welcoming Marines makes my feet lighter.” She has run three MCMs and looks forward to the 44th MCM this October. For now, Linda plans to conquer the Historic Half. She looks forward to receiving yet another medal and meeting runners on the course from all over the world. “It’s great fun to receive the medal from someone who is young enough to be my grandchild - or even great grandchild.”

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Run with purpose, finish with PRIDE.

A PICTURE PERFECT DAY As the Proud Event Photographer for the Marine Corps Historic Half, MarathonFoto is with runners every step of the way capturing the most memorable moments. Smile big for the guys and gals in yellow vests along the course – they’ve got you covered! Focus on your finish, we’ll focus on you! Visit MarathonFoto.com after the Historic Half to see yourself in action!

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U.S. MARINE CORPS GUNNERY SERGEANT REGINALD “REGGIE” WILLIAMS IS DEDICATED TO INSPIRING NEW MARINES AND HONORING THOSE THAT HAVE SERVED THROUGH RUNNING. “I consider running a sport anyone can do. It doesn’t require any pads or helmets, balls or bats. All you need is a pair of shoes and a surface; whether it’s a track, a pavement or a trail, it is simple and easy to do,” encourages GySgt Williams. “And the culture of running is amazing. You see individuals of various sizes and athletic abilities all with the same purpose. Whether for a medal, a shirt or for a cause, you just see people running. Which is an amazing thing to witness.” GySgt Williams joined the Marine Corps in 2003, and since then he has been deployed four times; once to Fallujah, Iraq, once to Ramadi, Iraq, and twice with a Marine Expeditionary Unit. He was used to strength training and only running around six miles a year for the physical fitness test (PFT), but caught the running bug in 2008 when a coworker’s wife challenged him and a group of Marines to a half marathon. After that first race, he found himself signing up for more and more running events. Since then, he has participated in nearly 130 races. “I carried the running bug everywhere. I would run on deployments and on the flight decks of the ships. When I was stationed in Okinawa, 16

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Japan, I would even take my Marines out on runs to the beach and encourage them.” GySgt Williams was a recruiter from 2007 to 2010 in Rhode Island. He now serves as the Alpha Company Gunnery Sergeant in Fort Lee, Virginia. GySgt Williams’ background, Marine Corps career and family values have shaped him into the man he is today. He acts selflessly and cares for his neighbors, family and fellow service members. In 2017, he was introduced to Team Hope For The Warriors and joined a team of eight to run a relay from the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, to Ground Zero at the World Trade Center site in New York City. The impactful and emotional run helped to provide scholarships to the children, first responders and military who have died in the line of duty. Together, the team ran a total distance of 240 miles over the course of three days, eventually finishing


their journey at Ground Zero on September 11, 2017. at the same time I felt surrounded by tragedy and the “It’s a cause bigger than myself. I choose to represent individuals that were remembering all the lives that an organization and it truly means a lot were lost that day.” This remembrance run to me to do it. I love has been completed running but I love by GySgt twice, and the benefit of other he continues to honor individuals more.” and serve each day. On the journey, the team was housed by the local fire departments in In June, GySgt Williams will be Philadelphia and New Jersey. celebrating 15 years “The firehouses opened their in the Marine Corps. doors to us, allowed us to He continues to sleep, shower, eat and clean serve his country up.” and community, After arriving to Ground Zero, and looks forward to running with GySgt Williams shares that the his fellow Marines experience was overwhelming. during his third Devil “I’ve dealt with loss in the Dog Double. Marine Corps, but this was a different kind of feeling. It was bittersweet to be a part of it and to be there, because I felt like I accomplished something, but

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wear blue: run to remember returns to the Historic Half. With the Rappahannock River rushing in the background, carefully selected images of fallen service members and boldly waving American flags will line the edges of the canal path along Old Mill Park. Highlighted as the most patriotic mile on the course, the wear blue Mile will inspire and motivate. wear blue: run to remember is a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering families of the fallen, supporting our military and their families, and remembering the service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Named after the Iron Mines Company, a mining and smelting operation founded in nearby Spotsylvania in 1725, the 125 runners comprising the Iron Mile Company have completed every Historic Half since its inception in 2008.

The Iron Mile Company is a closed group where membership must be maintained by running and finishing the Historic Half every year. The current Company is comprised of 46 women and 79 men. The youngest runner is 26, the oldest is 73.

Iron Mile members hail from 12 states and the District of Columbia, ranging from Saugerties, NY to the east to Dade City, FL in the south and out west to Bloomington, IL. They come from famously known cities like Hollywood and Bel Air (in Maryland), and represent famous historic figures like Columbus (OH) and King George (VA).

Each runner in the Iron Mile Company wears a special holographic sticker his or her bib, and a special love for Historic Half Weekend in their heart. On event day, nearly all will run the Historic Half, while 11 members will tackle the Devil Dog Double.

If you believe you should be a member of the Iron Mile Company, Please contact the Marine Corps Marathon Organization at 1 800 RUN USMC.

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