Visitors to the nation’s Capital log many miles on foot while sightseeing throughout the city. Jamie Schindler, control room operator at Laramie River Station, plans to log at least 26.2 miles in Washington, D.C., during the span of a just few hours.
On Oct. 25 he’ll run in the 40th Marine Corps Marathon, which will take him past many of the sites people strive to see in Washington, D.C.
“The course will be amazing because it winds by some of the most scenic national monuments and memorials in our nation’s Capital,” Schindler says.
The Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of the participants. It’s the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People’s Marathon.”
While the marathon itself doesn’t benefit the military, Schindler is running to support the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit that assists all post-9/11 U.S. Armed Forces who are wounded, injured or critically ill.
The Marine Corps Marathon is so popular that participants are selected through a lottery system. Schindler’s wife, who was the impetus for Schindler’s participation in this marathon, was selected in the lottery. But he wasn’t. In order to run, he had to support a charity to gain entrance.
From a list of 40 charities, Schindler selected The Semper Fi Fund because he was impressed with everything the non-profit does for wounded military men and women.
“Contrary to what the name implies, they provide assistance to veterans from any branch of the armed services, not only Marines,” Schindler says. “They’re a top-rated charity due to their low overhead (just six percent) and their rapid response for assistance with no red tape.”
Schindler had to pay his race registration fee on top of his required minimum fundraising goal, which was $500. He chose to pay the $500 himself, but then decided to ask friends and family to raise as much money possible for this worthy charity.
In a short while, he raised $1,600.
If you’d like to help Schindler raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, go to his fundraising page: https://runsignup.com/Race/14046/Donate/vqx61TuJtS1CHuIB
Two things excite Schindler the most about the Marine Corps Marathon, his first marathon: the patriotic aspect of it and the location of the course.
“I have no doubt it will be a truly patriotic and emotional experience, from the first mile to the last, where we start and finish the race at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial),” Schindler says.