3rd Annual Col Ripley Race benefits charity for injured service members

November 4th, 2011

Annapolis, MD - This Sunday, November 6 more than 1,000 runners will be on hand for the 3rd Annual Ripley Race. Also, in attendance the First Lady of Maryland, Katie O'Malley, and the Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Edward Chow, Jr.. Katie O'Malley will serve as the Honorary Starter for the race as well as participate in the scenic 5K that runs through Downtown Annapolis.

Several members of Team Semper Fi (TSF) will also be participating in this weekend’s race. Team Semper Fi is a rehabilitative sports program offered by the Semper Fi Fund. With their motto “Recovery through Sport,” the team is made up of more than 270 servicemen and women who have overcome significant challenges and refused to let their injuries prevent them from competing in athletic events.

Established in 2009, the Ripley Race is a 5K road race to raise awareness and support for our men and women returning home from war. All proceeds of the race benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

"This race is about honoring our veterans. My father, Col. John Ripley, was a distinguished veteran and a man that always looked for ways to give back to his men, his country, and his Corps. Together with the Turning Point Sports team we have found a vehicle to continue that mission. A mission about giving back to those men and women that have given us so much! Get out of bed and come join the 1st Lady as we run through Annapolis." Tom Ripley, son of Col. John Ripley, USMC (Ret)

In addition to the race, the Ripley Race will be auctioning off a 1970 Dodge SuperBee on Ebay. The auction will be open for 10 days and proceeds will go to helping our nation’s heroes. Please see the Ebay listing for more details: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300618866488

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