Memorial Day is dedicated to honoring those who have served our country. But why let the remembrance end with the holiday? Here are four races to celebrate servicewomen and servicemen throughout the year. . .
BATAAN MEMORIAL DEATH MARCH
White Sands Missile Range, N.M/ March 2013
The difficult marathon is dedicated to the heroic soldiers who defended the Philippine Islands during WWII. Gain new respect for those who serve our country by competing in the “heavy division,” which requires you to wear a 35-pound pack for 26.2 miles. bataanmarch.com
Tempe, Ariz./ April 2013
Corporal Patrick Tillman abandoned his career as a professional football player to serve in the United States Army. In 2004, his life was cut tragically short after he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Today, his legacy lives on the, a 4.2-mile race that attracts more than 35,000 runners each year. Racers finish on the 42-yard line of Frank Kush Field, symbolic of Tillman’s jersey number when he played for the Arizona State Sun Devils More info: (480) 621-4074, patilllmanfoundation.org
Columbia City, Ind./November 2012
From the VFW band performance at the start to the American flags lining the course this autumn marathon is full of red, white and blue pride. Choose from the marathon, half marathon or 5k to honor courageous men and women who’ve served. The marathon course is located near Fort Wayne, and in 2012, all marathon racers will receive free fleeces in Air Force blue. veteransmarathon.com
Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon
Fort Oglethorpe, Ga./ November 2012
Get in touch with our nation’s history at this iconic Civil War battlefield. After a 19th-century cannon starts the race will a boom, you’ll run through the peaceful park filled with memorials dedicated to fallen soldiers. battlefieldmarathon.com
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Today’s prize. . .
1 MOUNTAIN BUGGY terrain jogging stroller
Win a single-child Terrain Jogging Stroller by Mountain Buggy. Equipped with 16” tires, a hand break for extra control, shock absorbing suspension, a zipper-secure pocket, child canopy and three front wheel settings for the security of both you and your little running buddy. Worth $500, mountainbuggy.com
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Yesterday’s winner. . .
Congratulations to Daphne R. who won a pair of Ironman Inspire Pro Headphones from yurbuds. Please email Jessica@womensrunning.com with your mailing address to claim your prize!