Good Morning on this brisk October morning. We are 4 days from the Marine Corps Marathon. We are going to run 26.2 miles in the honor and memory of Captain Philip J. Dykeman, USMC KIA. I am very excited and have the pre-race jitters already. The ones that have run in the past know what I am talking about. This mission to run only has one outcome. We are going to complete this mission. I am grateful to have the continued ability to run in honor of my Cousin that I miss so much. This is not something that I would have been able to do without a greater purpose. Just think, this is my 10th Marathon. That is 262 miles right there, but it is the Journey that has gotten us to this point. Each Marathon has been 4 months of training( between 300 and 400 miles each). I have run 4,000 miles in the memory of my Cousin Phil, Austin, Emilee, Ashlee and Ginger. I am not sure how far Forest Gump ran, I think it was longer. But when you run, it may be praying, it may just be thinking, but each morning I said “ Good Morning Cousin Phil” EVERYTIME! I also said hello to a few others also! Unfortunately I have added Cousin Ann and Colonel Dan McGrath to my morning ritual.
Team Dykeman’s goal is to never forget. Team Dykeman does this by giving scholarship’s in Captain Dykeman’s name. We cannot forget this Marine that GAVE ALL! He has a Family that needs to know that we have not forgotten. Many of you have given in the past, some have even run the Marathon with me. Please consider donating this year. I promise to finish my 10th Marathon. The decision to do 11 has not been made yet. Please show your support and donate to the Team Dykeman Scholarship this year. Let me know if you have any questions on how to Donate!
This Sunday is National Wear your Team Dykeman T-Shirt Day! Please take a picture and send it to me! Or post it on Facebook and Tag me! Any and All support gives us strength to continue our mission.
We are not Marines, but we run for one!