2018 Marine Core Marathon

October 30, 2018

Good Morning.  Hope you are having a great start to your day.  Team Dykeman is a Non-Profit organization that’s sole purpose is not to forget.   Never forget the sacrifice Captain Philip Dykeman USMC KIA Iraq gave along with his family.  Captain Dykeman was killed in action in Iraq in 2008.  This is the 10th Memorial Anniversary.  We raise money for a scholarship in his name.

Last year his son Austin graduated High School with Honors and received the Scholarship last year.  One of the proudest moments of my life.  Team Dykeman also gave away multiple $500 awards to graduating students entering the Military.  Many used the money so their families could travel for their graduation from Basic Training!

On October 28th Team Dykeman will be running the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC.  We will have 14 runners this year!  These runners are traveling at their own expense, have trained for the last 5 months, just to honor Captain Dykeman and his family.

Please help support Team Dykeman.  You can give you check to Andrew Bateman or any of the runners.  If you would like to mail your check made out to Paul V. Moore HS Endowment Fund, Please send to:

Central Square School District
Attn: Mrs. Lisa Fox
642 South Main Street
Central Square NY  13036

Make sure in the memo please note “Team Dykeman” on the check

 

This will be my 13th  marathon in 10 years.  I went from the couch to marathon in under 3 months for the first one.  I didn’t stop running for 10 years.  Captain Dykeman was way more than my cousin.  His Mom and my Mom were twins, we grew up very close.  Stayed in constant contact throughout our lives.  I introduced him to his wife and am the Godfather to one of the twins!  He was truly a very special person.  This will be my last Marathon.  I will be running the Marine Corps 10K next year.  I challenge the younger generation to start running with Team Dykeman.  Start with the 10K and work up to the Marathon!  We will be there every year!

Team Dykeman has amazing supporters.  I can’t thank you enough.   Without your support it wouldn’t have worked out.  We have given out Scholarships every year because of your support.  The runners will do their part and run in the honor of Captain Dykeman.  Please continue to support Team Dykeman!

The runners are a special breed!  Marathons are usually a bucket list item and its scratched off never to be done again.  This is a group of world class athletes that run with me every year because they believe in what we are doing.  It is greater than us!  I never could have run without you!  Thank you for being my teammates on this adventure.

We are going to CHARGE The DISTRICT, BEAT the BRIDGE and TAKE the IWO!  Are you ready!  I know I am .

I am not a Marine , but we have two Marines, But we all run for one!

 

Always Faithful

Cousin Andrew!

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Marine Corp Marathon 2015!

March 20, 2015

Good Morning Team Dykeman!

Hope everyone is doing well.  We are running the 40th Annual marine Corps Marathon October 25th!  There is a lottery for entry.  Please sign-up now.  You have 3 days left to get in the Lottery.  I know that Brian Lesh and Matt Archer are signed up and going for their 5th Marine Corps Marathon!  This will give them life time rights for entry into the Race.  I am Thankful for their continued support.  Brian Lesh is Qualified to Run the Boston Marathon and will be traveling next month to run it.  Congrats to Brian and Cousin Kevin Handly for running Boston again.

Kevin are you in for your 5th Marine Corps Marathon? Brother Steve?

Please let everyone know if  you have signed up for the Lottery!

This is my 10th Marathon that I will be running for Team Dykeman! I am looking forward to it.  Please know that I am so Thankful for everyone’s continued support and kind words!  It truly keeps me going.  Each year we give a Scholarship away in the memory of Captain Philip Dykeman USMC, KIA Iraq.  Soon Austin Dykeman will be going to College.  Austin is Philip and Ginger’s oldest son.  We are going to provide a scholarship for him.  These next couple of years are going to be the most important.  We need to make sure that Austin will want for nothing!  Soon the twins will follow suit.

Thank you again for all of your support for the Runners.  We all dedicate 4-5 months for training to be able to run 26.2 miles in honor of our Fallen Marine!

Hopefully the Lottery entrants will be accepted and get to run with me.

Special Thanks to Jason Potts, Bob Moore, Katie-Rose Tuttle, and Brad Crater! And all that have ran in the past and that will again in the future!

Thank you for all of the Men, Women and Families that serve and that have served, For your Service to our Country.  We are all grateful for our Freedoms you protect!

I am not a Marine, But I run for one!

Always Faithful,

Cousin Andrew!


Andrew and Team Dykeman running in the 2012 Marine Corp Marathon

October 18, 2012

Thank you for your interest in Team Dykeman.  We will be running the Marine Corp Marathon October 28th 2012!  We have 10 runners, who have ran thousands of miles.

 My tremendous love and respect for my cousin has moved me to action – to help support his family and carry on his name.  I have established a scholarship – The Captain Philip J. Dykeman Memorial Scholarship through Paul V. Moore High School – Phil’s alma mater in Central Square, NY .   Phil’s three children will follow in his footsteps there and will benefit from this fund upon their graduation.  In addition to Phil’s children, each year, a recipient will be chosen from the high school to benefit from the scholarship.  My goal is to ensure that Captain Philip J. Dykeman’s name carries on forever.

 My letter to you today is to ask for your support, for your help, to honor this hero – this fallen Marine and to give back to his family.  Captain Phil made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us – now it is time to give back.  I have listed below the mailing address for Paul V. Moore High School .  Please help me make the first year of this scholarship an amazing one.  Please help me show Phil’s wife and children just how much the people of America care.  You can make donations by check to:

Paul V. Moore HS Endowment Fund

 

Please notate in the Memo: ‘Dykeman Scholarship’ to ensure it is allocated to the appropriate account.  Please fill out the donation form below and mail to:

 

Central Square School District

Att: Mrs. Lisa Fox, Treasurer

642 South Main Street

Central Square, NY  1303

If you’d like to learn more about Captain Philip J. Dykeman you can visit www.teamdykeman.com.  Here you will find information about:

  • Phil’s service in the Marines
  • Phil’s numerous awards and recognitions
  • Phil’s incredible experiences in Iraq
  • Phil’s emails to ‘Cousin Andrew’ during his time in Iraq
  • Photos
  • Comments / memories from Phil’s family and friends
  • More about ‘Team Dykeman’ and our purpose and goals

 On behalf of my cousin Phil, his family, and everyone who believes in supporting our troops, fallen soldiers and the families they leave behind – I thank you for your time; for your consideration and for your support.

 If you have any questions, you can email me at andrew_fsi@yahoo.com or call me at (919) 795-3971.

 One last note – I want to extend an invitation to all of you to come to the marathon on October 28th  in Washington DC– it will be an event to remember! 

 I am not a Marine, but I run for one.

 Always Faithful,

 Andrew J. Bateman, Raleigh , NC

Proud Cousin of Captain Philip J Dykeman, USMC


2nd Annual Golf Tournament – Hotel Information

May 10, 2010

Rooms have been reserved at the Comfort Suites for both FRIDAY, JULY 9TH, and SATURDAY, JULY 10TH..with a room rate of $115.00 per night (plus tax). 

You can contact the hotel or Lisa at 315-752-0150 to book your room. Be sure to mention the Team Dykeman/Andrew Bateman block of rooms for you discount.


Date has been set for the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

April 6, 2010

The date has been set for the 2nd Annual Captain Philip Dykeman Memorial Golf Tournament!   Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 1:00 will be the the shot gun start at the beautiful Greenview Courty Club,  West Monroe, NY.   Click on the Tournament link at the top of this blog for all the details and information on how enter.   Bring your friends!  Our goal is to make more then last year, so we need your help!


Information from Andrew — Golf and Marathan planning!

February 11, 2010

Happy New Year!

I had the best end of the year, and a great holiday!

Now it’s time to look forward in this new year. I have a lifelong mission to support Ginger and the Kids. Last year we choose to run the Marine Corp Marathon. Wasn’t that great; I can’t help but smile looking back. We did it, we really did it! Please share any stories. Keep in contact. We raised over $3,000. That’s awesome. Read the rest of this entry »


WE DID IT!

November 2, 2009

I want to say Thank You!   All of you made this very successful.  Hopefully we have raised a lot of money for the Captain Philip J. Dykeman Memorial Scholarship.  If we did not, i still wouldn’t have changed a thing from this weekend.  Each of you made it very special to me.  That was an amazing run.  I will never forget it, that’s for sure.  Each of us ran for different reasons, but i certainly felt united at the dinner.   It is great being on a Team.  Whether you ran or not we are still in this together.  Thank you for all of the effort in traveling and help through out the weekend.  Read the rest of this entry »


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