It’s training time again at my house! But, it’s not me. John entered the lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., this October, and once again he is the luckiest guy around.
Yes, I agree. He should try buying a lottery ticket or two instead of entering race lotteries. But, I’ll be honest, some days, getting the notice that you were selected to run a bucket list race is worth more than a million bucks. Some days.
There are many things that set this marathon apart. One of those things is that there is no prize money awarded for winning the race. It’s all about the commitment and courage that it takes to finish the marathon. It’s organized by the amazing men and women of the United States Marine Corps. The weekend is full of events, from the health and fitness expo and the kids races, to the 10K (that I will get to run!), and of course, the marathon. Everything takes place with our nation’s capital as the picturesque backdrop.
This race is so much more than a bucket list run for John. It’s about running for something. He’s running for his Uncle Paul who served in the Marines during Vietnam. His uncle saved multiple men in his company during a fierce battle. He was shot in the leg while saving the lives of others and received two Purple Hearts for his immense service to our country. That is something worth running for. My grandfather fought as a Marine in Okinawa during World War II, so I’m pretty sure it will be a special weekend for both of us.
I’m writing this from my gate at the rainy, 40-degree Minneapolis airport enroute to the PRSA Travel & Tourism Conference in sunny, 98 degree Palm Springs. As I was just walking to my gate, I passed a Minnesota lottery ticket kiosk. The thought to grab a ticket crossed my mind, but the luckiest guy I know wasn’t here to buy it, so I kept on walking. (P.S. It’s much more fun to travel, or really do anything for that matter, when he is around.)
I’m excited about our trip to D.C., a city I haven’t spent much time in as an adult. What are your favorite D.C. don’t miss spots and if you’re a Marine Corps Marathon finisher what tips can you share?
2017 Miles to Go: 489