Camp Pendleton Marine to Run in Marine Corps Marathon for Wounded Marines

Camp Pendleton, CA – Marine and Milwaukee native John Adams is training for the 36th Marine Corps Marathon, an event that hits close to home for the Marine.

As an 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, First Lt. Adams said he’s participating in the marathon as a way to raise money for his fallen and injured comrades through the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. He has already raised nearly $10,000 but would like to raise more for his fellow Marines.

“I find it easy to get motivated to raise funds and run a mere 26 miles for the sacrifices they have all made for me, both during our intense workup and our deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The men I serve with are great and this race and my money raised in support of them is the least I can do,” he said.

The 2011 Marine Corps Marathon will host 30,000 registered participants. It starts in Arlington, VA, and winds through the nation’s capital and across the Potomac River before heading back into Northern Virginia for the iconic finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Rosslyn.

Voted the best marathon for families, the Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name, “The People’s Marathon.”

Many participants do more than just run the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon and dedicate their participation to a cause and register for the event through a MCM Charity Partner. These runners seek not only to finish the marathon, but to generate awareness and funds.

This year, the Semper Fi Fund has more than 800 runners and 50 Team Semper Fi injured athletes from across the nation participating and raising support on its behalf, making it the charity with the largest representation at the event.

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