Cover Photo: Lauren Cramer, left, poses for a photo with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Eric Smith, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Kayla LeClaire
HAGERSTOWN, MD News (10/30/2022) – Lauren Cramer, a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, crossed the finish line as the third fastest female with an unofficial time of 3 hours, 49 minutes, and 43 seconds for the Marine Corps Marathon 50K in Arlington, Virginia, during the 47th Marine Corps Marathon weekend Oct. 30, 2022. Participants from around the world raced on the monumental MCM course through Washington, D.C., finishing at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. The event was a celebration of every finisher’s honor, courage, and commitment to training for and completing the marathon.
Every October, tens of thousands of runners line up in front of the famed Marine Corps Marathon arch in Arlington, Va., anticipating a 26.2 mile run through Washington, D.C. Surrounded by Marines, Sailors, family and friends, they watch the Color Guard present the National Colors, sing the National Anthem and count down the seconds to the fire of the starting gun as the Howitzer cannon booms in the distance, signaling the beginning of the race. Upon the completion of their journey at the Marine Corps War Memorial, a Marine presents the coveted medal and salutes the runner, symbolizing the marathon’s slogan, “Always earned. Never given.”
Formally known as the Marine Corps Reserve Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon was founded in 1976 by former Marine Corps Colonel Jim Fowler, who wanted to promote the goodwill of the Marine Corps and showcase their organization skills. Col Fowler imagined an event that would not only leverage the Marines’ physical fitness, but garner community involvement in a post-Vietnam War era. Shortly before the war ended, Frank Shorter became the first American to win the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics, which put long-distance running on the map and inspired the creation of the marathon. The event initially gave local Marines the opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon but has since become one of the largest marathons in the country, drawing participation from people all over the U.S. and around the world.
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