Semper Fi Fund On Track to Field Largest Team Ever at 43rd Marine Corps Marathon

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With the 43rd annual Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Virginia this weekend, the Semper Fi Fund is anticipating bringing its largest charity partner team ever to “The People’s Marathon,” October 28. Event marks 7 years of the Fund being the Marathon’s largest charity partner.

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“The Marine Corps Marathon is always one of the highlights of the year for all of us at the Fund,” said Karen Guenther, President, CEO and Founder of the Semper Fi Fund. “Last year, we had more than 400 Community Athletes raising over $515,000 and we’re hoping to exceed that at this year’s event!

With the 43rd annual Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Virginia, this weekend, the Semper Fi Fund is anticipating bringing its largest charity partner team ever to “The People’s Marathon.” Event marks 7 years of the Fund being the Marathon’s largest charity partner.

“The Marine Corps Marathon is always one of the highlights of the year for all of us at the Fund,” said Karen Guenther, President, CEO and Founder of the Semper Fi Fund. “Last year, we had more than 400 Community Athletes raising over $515,000 and we’re hoping to exceed that at this year’s event! All of us at the Fund are humbled and inspired by the athletes who choose to represent and support the Fund by raising money for our critical mission, as well as all the staff and volunteers who support them. It’s always a weekend to remember!”

The weekend includes a pre-race pasta dinner, which this year will be hosted by actor J.W. Cortes, known to television viewers as Detective Alvarez in Gotham and Agent Suarez in The Blacklist.

“I‘m honored to be joining my brothers and sisters at the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon,” said Cortes, who last year ran both the 10k event in the Marine Corps Marathon and the New York City Marathon, both in support of the Semper Fi Fund. “I’m proud to be lending my support to the Fund, which is doing superlative work in providing assistance to those who have given, and continue to give, so much to us.”

The Marine Corps Marathon is the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, instead choosing to celebrate the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers. Over the years, it’s become known as “the best marathon for beginners.”

Beginners, athletes and all participants in between who join the Semper Fi Fund at the Marine Corps Marathon will receive

  • An exclusive technical Marine Corps Marathon Semper Fi Fund running shirt and gift bag full of fun and useful items.
  • An easy-to-use personal online fundraising link set up by RunSignUp.com that you can email to your potential donors. Track your progress and see your name at the top of the Fundraiser list.
  • An invitation to the inspirational Semper Fi Fund Pasta Dinner on Saturday, October 27, 2018 where you will join other runners and our Team Semper Fi service member athletes for an evening of great food and camaraderie. J.W. Cortes will be emceeing the dinner.
  • Access to our team tent on Charity Hill. Relax before the marathon and leave your valuables at our secure bag check.
  • After-the-race celebration with post-marathon amenities and massage therapists at our tent.

The Marine Corps Marathon weekend includes a Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday that includes more than 200 booths and exhibits. J.W. Cortes will be appearing at the Expo and signing autographs at Semper Fi Fund booth 247.

Those wishing to join the Fund October 28 can register online by visiting semperfifund.org/marine-corps-marathon-2018.

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 semperfifund.org.

About the Marine Corps Marathon
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is also known as “The People’s Marathon,” as runners from all walks of life annually participate. The 43rd MCM, coordinated by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) and United States Marine Corps, will be held Oct. 28, 2018 in Arlington, VA. The MCM is sponsored by Brooks, Arlington County, GEICO Military, Leidos and MedStar Sports Medicine. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. #RunWithTheMarines

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