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Marine Marathon – the Marathon for the Strong


Yearly,there are as much as 500 marathon events held in different countries. Aside from the Olympics, serious runners usually participate in the world’s ultra 5 marathon held in London, Berlin, Boston and other key cities in the world. By doing so,they can improve one’s personal record, also, these marathons can take you to historic sites that are completely fantastic. However,there is another class of marathon created for the elite soldiers – marine marathon. First of all, this is a unique marathon since members of the U.S. marine corps are the ones running in this race. Truly, majority of the participants here are exceptionally healthy since they are not just fitness buffs, they are the Marines corps.

The Marine marathon known as the Marine Corps marathon is the 4th largest US Marathon which never fails to attract a lot of audience. The marine marathon is unlike other events since there is no prize money at all. For this reason, it is called “The People’s Marathon”. The event originated from a concept of a Colonel named Jim Fowler according to history courtesy of marinemarathon website. The Vietnam War left a bad impression on the military, also, distance running was a fast-rising sport way back then. Col Fowler had a great idea that he shared to his superiors – the marine marathon which has four great motives: promote goodwill to the community, present the Marine Corps, a tool for recruitment and give the chance to Marines to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is hard to join since it required a certain personal record before you are allowed to participate.

The rest is history as ever since all the marines started joining which even prompted the navy secretary Middendorf to donate a handsome trophy. Destiny gave the blessing as the ad agency J Walter Thompson took charge of the advertisement along with the support of Runner’s magazine. Even an Olympic Team member of the corps, Sgt.Alex Breckinridge contributed by promoting the event and attending the planning sessions. Truly, one man’s lofty ideas became the well respected marine marathon held annually. Each marine that crosses the finish line of the marine marathon feel proud.


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