400+ WIDOWS, PARENTS, CHILDREN, SIBLINGS & FRIENDS RUN WITH TAPS TO HONOR FALLEN MILITARY AT THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON THIS WEEKENDWest Point Cadets Run as “Team Long Gray Line” to Raise Funds to Help Families Grieving Military Deaths
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - For a special group of 400+ runners tackling the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), 10K race, and Healthy Kids Fun Run this weekend, every step is laced with memories and honors those who’ve paid the ultimate price in service to country.
Many of the 400+ runners on the TAPS Run & Remember Team are family members, friends and supporters of our fallen military service members. Among them will be 47 West Point cadets running in memory of our fallen military heroes as “Team Long Gray Line.” The cadets have raised over $21,000 toward their $70,000 goal to help TAPS.
The funds raised by the runners will help the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the national organization that providing comfort and care to anyone grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. The team has currently raised more than $146,000.
Spectators on the course are encouraged to cheer for the TAPS runners, who wear distinctive red, white, and blue singlets and display photos of the fallen service members they run to remember on the backs of their shirts.
Healthy Kids Fun Run (1 mile) - Saturday, October 27, 11:40am starting group, Pentagon Parking Lot - Michael McIlvaine, 9, of Purcellville, Va., will run in memory of his father, Marine Sergeant James McIlvaine, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2009.- Mary Webb, 6, of Fair Haven, N.J., will run in memory of her father, Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Webb, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007.
TAPS Run & Remember Team Pasta Dinner - Saturday, October 27, 6:00pm-8:00pm, DoubleTree Hotel, Crystal City, Va.Reporters can talk with runners as they carbo-load on pasta for the big race the next morning. A touching slide show will remember every service member being honored through a run that weekend.
Marathon Runners – Sunday, October 28, 7:55am start for runnersRace Start Line: Memorial Bridge and Route 110 below Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Race Finish Line: Marine Corps War Memorial- Katy Bubeck, of Newark, N.J., will run in memory of her brother, Army Sergeant John Bubeck, who died on Christmas day in 2006 in Iraq in combat.- James Gobble, of Hempstead, N.C., will run in memory of his sister, Kim Hunter, who served in the Navy and died in 2010, and Jeremy Charron.- Kyle Harper, of Seattle, Wash., will run to remember her fiancé, Army Staff Sergeant Michael Hullender, a combat medic who died in Iraq in April 2007.- Salina Jimenez, of Huntington Beach, Calif., will run in memory of her husband, Army medic David Jimenez, who died in Iraq in 2006.- Steve Mitchell, of Apex, N.C., will run his third MCM in memory of his son, Marine Captain Seth Mitchell, who died in Afghanistan in 2009 in a helicopter collision.- Mary Neiberger, of Gainesville, Fla., will run her second MCM in memory of her son, Army Specialist Christopher Neiberger, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007.- Kathy Oates, of Altura, Calif., will run in memory of her son-in-law, Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Webb, who was killed in action in in Iraq in 2007. Webb’s wife will run the 10K and his daughter, Mary, is running the Kids Fun Run.- Patrick Savoy, of Washington, DC, will run the MCM to honor Marine Staff Sergeant Patrick Dolphin, who died in Afghanistan in 2011. Savoy has been posting YouTube videos about his training for several months chronicling his training for the MCM.-Jamie Sienko, of Baltimore, Md., will run the MCM to remember Army Specialist William Evans, who was killed in action in 2005 in Iraq and was her brother’s best friend. - Tim Stein, of West Point, N.Y., will run the MCM as part of “Team Long Gray Line” team with TAPS in memory of his father, Army Lieutenant Colonel John Stein, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2003.- Monica Velez, of Austin, Texas, will run to remember her brothers, Army Corporal Jose Alfredo “Freddy” Velez who was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 and Army Specialist Andrew Velez, who died by suicide while deployed to Afghanistan in July 2005.
10K Runners – Sunday, October 28, Start: 7:55am startRace Start Line: 12th & Madison Drive, National Mall, Washington, D.C.Race Finish Line: Marine Corps War Memorial- Amy Bennett, of North Potomac, Md., will run with her mother to remember her sister, Marine Captain Jessica Conkling, who died in a military helicopter crash in San Diego in 2009.- Erin Berky, of Gainesville, Fla., will run to remember her husband, Air Force Sergeant Bryan Berky, who died in Afghanistan in 2009.- Tom and Deborah Bonn, of Wilkes Barre, Penn., will run in memory of their daughter, Navy Ensign Elizabeth Bonn, who died in 2006 in a Navy flight training crash.- Marie Campbell, of Arlington, Texas, will run to remember her husband, Air Force Sergeant Dee “Soup” Campbell, who died in 1996 when terrorists bombed the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.- Bonnie Carroll, of Arlington, Va., will run to remember her husband, Army Brigadier General Tom Carroll, who died in 1992 when a military plane crashed in Alaska. Carroll founded TAPS after his death to assist survivors of our fallen military.- Brooke Nyren, of Reston, Va., will run to remember her father, Army Sergeant Nathaniel Nyren, who died in Iraq in 2004 when she was 8 years old.- Shalan Webb, of Fair Haven, N.J., will run to remember her husband, Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Webb, who was died in Iraq in 2007. Her daughter, Mary, 6, is in the Fun Run, and her mother, Kathy Oates, is running the marathon.
TAPS Run & Remember Team SponsorsRay Group International is sponsoring the TAPS Run & Remember Team this year and the team tent in Charity Village near the Marine Corps Marathon finish line. JRC, Landmark Aviation and Telos are all participating in the Corporate/Company Challenge with TAPS. All of these companies have teams of at least 10 people participating in the Marine Corps Marathon and running to remember fallen service members.
About the TAPS Run & Remember Team The TAPS “Run and Remember” team began with two runners, who ran the MCM in 2000. One of them was Marie Campbell, who lost her husband, Air Force Sergeant Dee “Soup” Campbell, in 1996 when a terrorist bomb took the lives of 19 air men at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. Campbell is the director of the TAPS Run and Remember team, and organizes a 3-day event for families attending the MCM. She’ll be running the 10K this year and has completed the MCM 9 times.
About TAPSSince its founding in 1994 by bereaved military families, TAPS has helped more than 35,000 surviving family members and caregivers. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, grief and trauma resources, case work assistance, connections to community-based care and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information, to volunteer, donate or get help, go to www.taps.org or call toll-free at 800.959.TAPS.
About the Marine Corps MarathonVoted the “Best Marathon for Families” and the “Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic,” 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.” The 37th MCM will be held on October 28, 2012 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. More information is at www.marinemarathon.com. Media covering race events need to apply for credentials through www.marinemarathon.com. Press liaison for the marathon is Tami Faram, 703.432-1840, email@example.com Media Contact for TAPS Media seeking to talk with TAPS runners or seeking more information about TAPS should contact Ami Neiberger-Miller, office 202.588.8277, cell 703.887.4877, firstname.lastname@example.org
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