Whidbey Island, WA — On Saturday, August 13 runners will be participating in the 5th Annual Major McClung Memorial Run. The race is dedicated in memory of Marine Major Megan McClung, the first female Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War.
Major McClung was serving as a public affairs officer in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, when she was killed by an improvised explosive device. The blast destroyed her Humvee and killed two other occupants in the vehicle.
Major McClung's parents started the run to remember their fallen daughter and to raise support for injured service members and their families. Donations from the race will be given to the Semper Fi Fund. Additionally, in honor of Megan's love for the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), McClung's parents will award the first place Male and Female 10K runners entries into the 2011 MCM in Washington, DC.
At the same time that runners are participating in Washington state run, more than 240 of Megan's brothers in arms will be running on the same day in the second annual Major Megan McClung Memorial 5K run at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Donations from the run will also be donated to the Semper Fi Fund. The run at Camp Leatherneck was initially organized by Megan's Naval Academy classmate and friend, Marine Major "Wild Bill" Conner.
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