Run for the Red in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon

Run for the Red in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon
The Red Cross has always been a shoulder to lean on in disasters – it does the same for people in the military.

Missed registration for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) or considering running the MCM10K? Receive a guaranteed spot and free race entry by joining Team Red Cross.

Team Red Cross will join thousands of runners in Washington D.C. on October 25 in one of the largest races in the world. The Team currently has 24 open marathon slots and 44 slots for the MCM10K race. In exchange for the coveted entries, runners commit to raising funds for the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces. The Red Cross hopes to fill the team by August 31.

Team members training for the 10K need to raise $250, while members training for the full marathon need to raise $500. Proceeds are used by the Red Cross to support our nation’s service members and their families. All runner levels are welcome, and team members receive weekly emails with training and fundraising tips as well as a schedule of group training runs. Members also receive highlights of the services that their funds are supporting.

This year’s Team Captain is Clayton Kolb. Kolb is the Senior Director of Disaster Operations for American Red Cross, a former active duty Marine, and a current Navy reservist. Kolb said he always wanted to run in the MCM but kept missing out due to deployments. He was finally able to run it in 2013 with Team Red Cross and “absolutely loved it.” He fondly remembers Marines yelling for him at every corner, and seeing the monuments as he ran. “It’s really a beautiful run.”

Kolb admits that training for a full marathon takes tenacity, but it gives participants the chance to test their physical and mental barriers. Those not ready to do the full marathon can choose to train for the 10K. Both races follow part of the same course and both have the same meaningful finish line at the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Funds raised for the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces will support military members and their families in several ways, including: linking military families during an emergency, connecting families with local community resources, providing resiliency training, and supporting wounded warriors and military hospitals. In addition to Team Red Cross, the Red Cross also supports the MCM by providing volunteers to help with race day logistics to ensure the event is a success for the Marines.

Kolb has seen the Red Cross in action for his fellow Marines during deployments.

“In a lot of ways, the Red Cross has always been a shoulder to lean on in disasters – it does the same for people in the military,” says Kolb.

If you would like to join the team or if you’d like to donate to help the runners meet their fundraising goals, visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/ARC2014MarineCorpsMarathon/fundraiser/nationalcapitalregion