“Congratulations. The MCM Lottery has been conducted and you have reason to celebrate as one of the officially registered participants in the 39th Marine Corps Marathon to be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Arlington, VA. ”
It’s been almost two weeks since I recieved that e-mail, and I still don’t think I can believe it. I may not be able to believe it until October. Though, I suppose I better start if I actually want to have the money to travel there.
So why pick a marathon outside of Michigan? And why Marine Corps? Those are two very good questions.
One of my original thoughts for a goal for this year for Declare It Day was to run a destination race. But some how that wasn’t scary enough. Well, it is now. The MCM will be one of my four this year. I have wanted to do a destination race, or one outside of my home state. I am rather excited to get to travel and run.
I chose the MCM because it would be one that would be easy enough to travel to, but also because it is a race that has meaning for me. My grandfathers both served. And others in my family before them. Grandpa Fox, the grandfather that I was fortunate enough to know in my life time signed himself up for the army during WWII as soon as he turned 18. I truly believe he was an American hero. I was lucky enough to get to hear some of his stories before his death almost three years ago now. I will run for him. I also have an uncle who was a marine during Vietnam. I will run for him. And two cousins who are in different branches of the military (one an active marine, and one in the reserve). And I will run for them.
And while I may not believe in war or (often) the reasons behind it, I still believe that the men and women of this country who put their lives on the line deserve our support. So I will run for them.
I have also decided, for the first time, to run this race as a fund raiser. Starting today, I will be raising funds for TAPS – a wonderful survivor-oriented charity. Here’s what they have to say about what it is they provide: “The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is a heartfelt national non-profit veteran’s organization that reaches out to the families and loved ones who have been impacted by a death of a loved one in the U.S. Armed Forces. The heart of TAPS is its national military survivor peer support network and its focus to help and support families, friends, and military personnel as they cope and recover. In addition to the peer support network, TAPS also provides these services:
Military Survivor Seminars, Workshops, and Children’s Good Grief Camps
Crisis Intervention, Grief Counseling Referral, and Caseworker Assistance
Toll Free, Fully Activated, TAPS Helpline …24 Hours / 7 Days a Week
Online Community Website, Chat Room, Message Boards, and Forums
TAPS Quarterly Magazine and Other Educational Publications”
I think this is truly a charity worthy of our dollars, and I am asking you to help me in my fundraising goals. You can find my fundraising page here: http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1102084&supId=404390267&extSiteType=1
Please, please, please consider supporting me. Any dollar amount helps! I will be posting this again and again as the time draws nearer.
In other marathon news, I believe I finally have all four of my marathons picked! It wasn’t an easy decision, and it’s hard to find runs that are spaced far enough apart that it isn’t going to kill me! I was already signed up for Bayshore in May, and now for MCM in October. I think I will also be adding Charlevoix (June), and Marquette (August). That’s a lot of running, folks!
In just two months I will run my first since October, and we’ll go from there. We’re getting close. Here’s to hoping I make it to the end of the year.