I am the 4th guy on the right of this picture and back in 2004 I ran the Marine Corps Marathon with 3 good friends. The guy right next to me named Rob called me up and said his mother recently passed from Luekemia and that he was going to run this race to remember her. He asked if I wanted to run with him and I took the challenge. Rob passed away a couple weeks ago and I am going to run this race partially to remember the guy who asked me to run it 10 years ago.
I am also running in rememberance of the 1st guy on the left named Bill. He was a great Marine who I served with in Cherry Point, NC. He passed away in 2007.
Finally, the 2nd picture I have on this page is of Cpl Chris Weaver. He was a fraternity brother of mine. He died during a patrol in Iraq in 2005 and he stills has a place in my heart anytime I hear of someone losing a loved one in the military.
Below is the charity group I am working with to help other military families. I like this charity because it is local to me in Tampa, FL and because they support the Marine Corps.
Team T.A.M.P.A. wrote -
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 have 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.