Corey Macknight - At the ripe age of 39 I decided it was time to lose some weight and get back into shape. I found running to be a great source of exercise for me. I was able to keep a consistent schedule and along with a slight change in my eating habits (no dieting) within 7 months I dropped 65 pounds. It has been three years now and I feel great! I compete in 5K’s and 10K’s. I recently completed the Loudoun Street Mile (1 mile sprint) in 6:08! Not bad for a middle aged former Marine!
One of my running goals was to complete a marathon. 26.2 miles!! That’s a pretty long jog. I started to look at the various events and then one day I saw an advertisement for the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. I thought to myself, if I’m going to run in an event then why not run in one that has meaning to me. I served in the Marine Corps from 1998 – 1993. I love the Corps and everything it stands for.
The registration for the race sold out quickly and I was not able to get in. A short time later I saw an advertisement on facebook from The Sergeant Sullivan Center for Post-Deployment Medical Research and Education. They were offering entries into the marathon by way of fundraising. After reading about Sgt. Sullivan and his tragic passing I felt it was my duty as a Marine to help one of my fallen brothers. In a way, we are helping each other. I can’t think of any other way to complete my mission then by helping the Sullivan family to complete theirs.
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