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Lance Cpl. Casey Black, administrative clerk,Headquarters & Service Company, conducts stretches to begin his training for the 40th Annual Marine Corps Marathon, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 2015. According to Wikipedia, the marathon was established in 1976 to create goodwill within the community and to showcase the Marine Corps’ organizational skills. With more than 30,000 participants from across the globe, it is the fourth largest marathon in the nation and ninth largest in the world. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Chi Nguyen/Released)

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MBW Prepares for the Marine Corps Marathon

23 Oct 2015 | Cpl. Chi Nguyen Marine Barracks

With the 40th Annual Marine Corps Marathon quickly approaching, Marines of Marine Barracks Washington begin to prepare for the rigorous course.  Over 30,000 runners from across the globe participate in the MCM, making it the fourth largest marathon in the United States and ninth in world.

Whether a first time runner or a veteran of the MCM, Marines from the “Corps Oldest Post” all have their own unique way of readying themselves for the courses demanding 26.2 miles.

“After working the marathon during my first year at the Barracks and being exposed to the excitement, positivity, and very inspiring people run, I decided I didn't want to just watch it anymore,”, said MSgt Craig Harris, operations chief, Headquarters and Service Company. “I wanted to be a part of it.“

According to Wikipedia, the marathon was established in 1976 in order to generate goodwill in the community and to showcase the Marine Corps’ organizational skills.

Running serves as an inspiration for my kids to stay active and challenged, said Harris.

Spanning from Route 110 [between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive] and finishing at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial Access Rd., the route creates a challenge for its runners. To stay motivated, some Marines suggested having music while they trained, while other preferred running in pairs or groups in order to develop morale and unit cohesion.

Diet is also important for preparing for the marathon.

“Just because you’re running a marathon doesn’t mean you have to put yourself on a strict diet, you still have to have nutrients in your body,” said Staff Sgt. Teresia Kamau, protocol chief, H&S Co.. “You just have to watch yourself.”

She suggests individuals who plan on participating to eliminate fatty foods and consume carbs in small portions prior to the race. She also recommends runners consume plenty of protein and drink lots of water during the training stages.

Regardless of their level of fitness, Marines of the Barracks who are participating in the MCM continue to train and highly recommend others to join them whether it is for the challenge or for inspirational purposes.

“It’s always fun at the beginning, then about halfway through [you think] this sucks and why did I do this?” said Lance Cpl. Black, administrative clerk, H&S Co. “At the end of the day you can say [I ran a marathon], that’s something you can be proud of and nobody can take that from you.”