We are 3 days and 12 hours away from the start of the Marine Corps Marathon. I am very excited about this race. All of the runners have put in the time and effort over the last 5 months. It is time to race! (or just finish)!
I want to Thank You! Everyone has been very supportive as usual. This is the 5 year anniversary of my Cousin Captain Philip J Dykeman USMC was killed in Iraq. I can’t believe it has been 5 years. Team Dykeman has only begun. We have had many Golf Tournaments and Marathons. We support Team Dykeman to remember Philip and his Family. We remember his ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. The least I can do is run a Marathon for my Cousin and his family.
Please remember that we raise money for a scholarship that we give in his name to a Graduating senior every June. In June 2014 will be our 5th Scholarship. We give this scholarship to help remember and never forget.
Please consider making a contribution this year. If you want more information on how to make a donation, please reach out to me.
Next year will be my 8th Marathon and my 5th Marine Corps Marathon. I am looking forward to being able to run my 5th. With my 5th race I will have lifetime rights to enter the Marathon. This is a race that fills up in 2-3 hours! I will need support and runners for next year. It is a great race for your first marathon or a great race to do again! Please think about joining me next year. It is going to be Legend (wait for it) dary! LEGENDARY!
I will be arriving in Washington DC this Friday, getting my race packet. Then continuing on to Towson Maryland to see my Sister Mary, John and nephew Daniel. I am excited to see them. Saturday we will gather around 4 pm in the Arlington area for an early dinner. We will gather as a Team of runners that will run an individual race but with common purpose.
Sunday morning is the Race, we will gather at Arlington Cemetery and end at the Iwo Jima Memorial! I will have Captain Dykeman’s Captains Bars that he wore home from Iraq. They will carry me to the finish. I will not fail in my mission!
We will gather after the race at Cousin Jackie Handly house in Falls Church. All are welcome to celebrate the Race. We will toast the finishers!
The Handly’s are the Hosts with the most! Thank you for all of your support. I can’t wait to see Amelia and Ben!
Please keep us in your thoughts and your prayers as all of the runners travel to Washington DC.
To Ginger, Austin, Emilee and Ashlee: I love you. I do not take step without thinking of you!
We are not Marines, but we run for One! ( and his family)