I am running my first marathon on October 26, 2014 in DC at the Marine Corps Marathon. I am a Marine Corps veteran of almost 7 years and see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
After 4 years of USMC JROTC, I left Richmond, Virginia for Parris Island in Sept 2006 and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with 2d Battalion 2d Marines from Camp Lejeune. I moved my wife and two children to MCAS Yuma where I finished out my service, being discharged with medical issues. We then trekked to Clearwater, FL where I began treatment at the VA.
Running and biking are passions and I can't wait to run this marathon! I have previously run the Toro Loco in Yuma, a 10k with obstacles and I ran circles around my partner - literally. I do my best to not allow my injuries to prevent me from being active and am beginning training in hopes to finish in 4:30:00 or under. I will be running as a member of Team T.A.M.P.A.
Team T.A.M.P.A. is the Tampa Area Marine Parent Association’s (T.A.M.P.A.) charity sports program. Athletes of Team T.A.M.P.A. participate throughout the year in a variety of racing events in support of T.A.M.P.A. The mission of the races are: to promote physical fitness; generate goodwill; and to raise awareness of the needs of service members, veterans and their families. We want our Veterans and Military to know that America has not forgotten their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families.
What is the Tampa Area Marine Parent Association’s (T.A.M.P.A.)?
T.A.M.P.A. is a 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT organization, and was founded in April of 2004 as a support group for families located in the state of Florida who have a family member serving in the United States Marine Corps. Over the past 10 years T.A.M.P.A. has expanded to include members worldwide and ALL branches of the service.
Partnership with Runvie Racing
T.A.M.P.A. is proud to be partnering with Coaches Dan & Joette of Runvie Racing (www.runvie.com)! Coaches Dan & Joette will be creating a marathon training program and will host monthly running event for our athletes.
Runvie Racing is a Tampa Area running club, which was built out of Dan and Joette’s love of running and living a healthy lifestyle. Runvie’s mission is to bring running and triathlon to people who don't think they can run, assist athletes who want to improve within their sport, and offer training to those who fall in the middle. They are certified USA Triathlon Level 1 Coaches, Road Runners Association of America Coaches, and Team in Training Coaches. Additionally, they are CPR & First Aid certified for your safety.