(Photo: Photorun) -Wilson Kipsang (Kenya/2:07:10) - “I was very happy with my marathon debut in Paris. This race in Frankfurtwill be a big challenge for me because the field is very strong. Some runners have faster times than me but that’s also a challenge. I expect the race to be fast and have set three goals for myself: first of all, I want to run a personal best, then if possible get under the course record (2:06:14) and thirdly I would like to run under 2:06.”
Washington, DC – The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is pleased to announce that it will have more than 815 athletes taking part in the 35th Marine Corps Marathon and 10K in Washington, DC on October 31st, making the Semper Fi Fund (SFF) the largest charity team for this year’s marathon.
Among the more than 815 athletes competing for our cause, more than 80 athletes are injured Servicemembers from “Team Semper Fi” (TSF), a rehabilitative sports program of SFF. Twenty-five TSF team members will be competing on hand cycles; four will be running on prosthetic legs and one will be competing in a wheelchair. More than 735 of our athletes are “Community Athletes” from our “Community Semper Fi” team, a grassroots team that raises funding and awareness for our programs.
Often referred to as "The People's Marathon" the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is the 4th largest marathon in the United States and the 8th largest in the world, but it stands as the largest marathon in the world that does not offer prize money. In the Marine Corps Marathon, athletes simply run “for a cause” and the athletes supporting the Semper Fi Fund have chosen our mission as one of their causes.
“We feel so blessed to have such a tremendous outpouring of support for our mission.” Said Karen Guenther, the Semper Fi Fund’s founder and president “Serving those who preserve our freedom is critical right now as the medevacs land stateside with our wounded young service members. We truly are blessed to have such wonderful supporters!”
In addition to the support our Community Athletes have raised, we have received generous corporate support in the forms of a $25,000.00 sponsorship from Flir, Inc., and three $10,000.00 sponsorships from: Hewlett-Packard, Inc.; Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP.; and New Balance, Inc.
Some pertinent facts for this year’s event:
· Our athletes will be converging on Washington, DC from 40 states across the country, as well as from Guam, Uruguay, Guatemala, Canada and the United Kingdom
· The team is comprised of 492 men and 323 women.
· As of this release, the Community Athletes have secured more than 5,000 donations totaling more than $350,000.00. Their goal is to raise $400,000.00.
The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and quality of life solutions to Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces, when they become injured in post 9-11 combat or training operations, or face a life threatening illness or injury. Our fund provides relief to qualified Servicemembers and their families for immediate financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery, as well as perpetuating needs such as home modifications, customized transportation and specialized equipment.
The Fund was founded by Karen Guenther, a registered nurse and spouse of an active duty Marine who had first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by wounded Marines and Sailors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She, along with a dedicated group of military spouses established SFF in May of 2004.
Since it’s inception, the Semper Fi Fund has awarded more than 23,000 financial grants, totaling more than $43 million directly to thousands of injured Servicemembers and their families.
To learn more about the Semper Fi Fund visit: http://www.semperfifund.org
To learn more about Team Semper Fi visit: http://semperfifund.org/team-
For more about us in this year’s MCM visit: http://semperfifund.org/
Beijing, China - Gena Siraj of Ethiopia won a rain-lashed Beijing Marathon on Sunday morning, but the 25-year-old only eased clear of 38-year-old Gert Thys of South Africa in the final kilometre. The dreadful conditions resulted in a winning time of 2:15:45, one of the slowest times in the event’s 30-year history.