On Sunday Andrew participated in the first of two marathons he has scheduled. Yesterday he ran the Century Marathon in Fulton, NY. Twenty-seven days from today he will lace up his running shoes for the City of Oaks Marathon in his home town of Raleigh, NC. Sunday, Andrew turned in his personal best time of 4 hrs and 41 minutes. Outstanding! Andrew was joined by his brother Stephen who ran the Half Marathon.
On August 21st, Patrick Bateman (Phil’s cousin Peter’s son) completed his first Triathlon representing Team Dykeman.
Patrick along with 125 other kids swam, biked and ran in an event meant to engage kids in outdoor activities. Patrick participated in the 9-11 yr old category where they had to swim 2 laps of the pool, tranistion to their bikes for a 3.5 mile ride and then run .75 miles.
Throughout the event Patrick wore his Team Dykeman shirt and proudly wore his finishing metal the rest of the weekend. Everyone at Team Dykeman is very proud of Patrick’s accomplishment. Patrick’s Dad sponsored Patrick and will be donating $100 to Team Dykeman!
As I wrote the headline, I paused for a moment on the word serve. Should it be serve or should it be served? I quickly decided that serve was the right, as service to our country never ends. To all those who have died, to all those who have retired, to all those currently in the armed forces — all continue to serve! We at Team Dykeman thank you for your service and all the freedoms your service provides us.
I was passed a link that I thought very appropriate to a include on Veteran’s Day.
What a weekend! This past Sunday Team Dykeman entered 17 runners into the 2009 Marine Corp Marathon. All running to honor the memory of Capt. Phil. I am most please to announce that all 17 runners completed the 26.2 miles. Way to go team! Read the rest of this entry »
As many of you know, my friend and cousin, Captain Philip J Dykeman, USMC, was killed in action on June 26, 2008, while serving our country in Iraq. Phil died at the young age of 38 leaving behind his wife of 10 years, 3 children – Austin, 10; Emilee, 8; Ashley, 8 – and an extended family stretching across the country that miss him dearly with every passing day. Read the rest of this entry »
On June 26, 2008, the life of Phil Dykeman came to a sudden end. A father, a Marine, a cousin, a friend. There are many around the world today who will pause to remember. Phil touched the hearts and minds of everyone he met. Phil was my cousin. I believe there is about 11 years separating us so we weren’t really close growing up. But in 1998 when he attended Marine Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Quantico, I got to know Phil, the man, a little better. Read the rest of this entry »
Well , we did it ! This is the second race but not the last . This was my first one and I really want to say how good it feels to be part of such a great thing . The support for us running and the support that teamdykeman is getting is unreal . We all go through rough patches in our lives but somehow family and friends always pull together and I have truly witnessed the effect that it can have on me personally and others . Read the rest of this entry »
The Myrtle Beach 1/2 Marathon is tomorrow February 14th 2009. If your in the area please come and support our run. We need all of the support we can get; 13.1 miles is a long way. We run for Team Dykeman proudly. Tomorrow we have 9 runners participating.
I want to THANK everyone for their support for the Scholarship. We have had a good start, but we are not finished. To date we have raised $ 5,800 and our efforts, with all of your help, continue. In the Fall, we will be awarding our first scholarship in Captain Phil’s name.
We are excited to carry the name of Captain Philip Dykeman USMC who was killed in action (Iraq) on June 26, 2008. Only 8 months ago. He is survived by his wife and three children. ( age 10 and twins age 6) — MY children are the same age.
A special Thank You to Rusty Sneeden. He has taken it upon himself to be active in supporting Team Dykeman. Not only is he running in the Race Saturday morning, but he is spreading the word about the scholarship. Rusty, you truly are a good friend and a Great Person.
We are not Marines, but we run for one!
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