Media Alert:

43rd Marine Corps Marathon Marks the 7th Consecutive Year for Semper Fi Fund as the Largest Charity Partner of the Event

Contact: Brian McPherson
Telephone: 740.819.9781 Email: [email protected]

October 19, 2018

Post-9/11 Wounded Service Members, Family and Community Athletes Participate in “The People’s Marathon” and MCM 10k 

Who: Over 700 Semper Fi Fund Community Athletes, Team Semper Fi athletes, caregivers and family members from the Semper Fi Fund participate in the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon to show their grit and devotion in “The People’s Marathon.”

Special Guests – interview available upon request

J.W. Cortes: Actor, singer, Marine, and veteran advocate

Saturday - 10:00-11:30pm MCM Expo Booth #247 for autographs

5:00-8:00pm Semper Fi Fund Pasta Dinner guest emcee

Mike Mendoza: Marine, father, Navy Cross recipient and Ironman world record holder

What: Semper Fi Fund’s thirteenth consecutive participation in the Marine Corps Marathon. For the seventh year in a row, Semper Fi Fund is the largest charity partner of the Marine Corps Marathon. Several hundred Team Semper Fi athletes from all branches of the military and community members that "Support Through Sport" by raising money for the Semper Fi Fund will join more than 30,000 runners and handcyclist from around the world at the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon. These athletes will not only compete together – they will continue to grow post-trauma – learning to thrive beyond their injuries. These unique bonds reinforce that they are not alone and there is a community that supports them.

When: October 27 6:00–8:00pm - Crystal Gateway Marriott

Semper Fi Fund Pasta Dinner

October 28

7:45am - Wheelchair and Handcycle start

7:55am - Runners start

Where: 43rd Marine Corps Marathon

Start: Route 110 (all lanes) halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Dr.

Finish: Marine Corps War Memorial

Why: “Recovery Through Sport” has proven to be an ideal outlet for injured service members to hone both physical agility and mental focus, skills that are critical to navigating their recovery and reintegration. Learning and practicing alongside wounded service members, they can also trade stories, share strategies for coping with their injuries and forge lasting friendships.

ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND: The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case Managers from the Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetimes. The Fund keeps its overhead extremely low in order to have the greatest impact on the lives of service members and veterans and has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: A+ from CharityWatch (one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year), eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator (an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities) and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Learn more at

ABOUT TEAM SEMPER FI: Team Semper Fi – is the heart and inspiration of the Semper Fi Fund’s Sports Program and is an extension of the assistance we provide. The teams are made up of servicemen and women who have overcome significant challenges in their service to our country and have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery. They are an inspiration to us all, but more importantly, they are an inspiration to their fellow service members who are also recovering.

If you would like more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brian McPherson at 740.819.9781 or email at [email protected].