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Local Pair Competes In Marine Corps Marathon

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Sisters Laura (Borrenpohl) Schubert of Nashville and Michelle (Borrenpohl) Foster of rural Addieville both completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on October 30th. This was their first marathon. They ran the marathon in honor of Pvt. Ethan Foster who is currently serving in the U.S Marines and stationed in Camp Pendleton, California. Ethan is the son of Michelle, nephew of Laura.

The Marine Corp Marathon is noted as “The People’s Marathon” and is ranked as one of the largest marathons in the US and recognized as the “Best for Beginners”. It is organized by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps with approximately 2,500 Marines stationed throughout the course. These active duty Marines were handing out water, directing traffic, offering encouragement, and gave each runner their medal at the end of the race. The 26.2 mile course took 30,000 runners past some of the most recognizable landmarks in our country. It started at Arlington National Cemetery and ended at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (the Iwo Jima Monument). There were many sights in between which included downtown Rosslyn, Georgetown, Kennedy Center, the Lincoln, FDR, Jefferson, MLK Jr., DC War, Korean War, and World War II Memorials, several of the national Museums, the US Capitol, and the Pentagon. Most notably was the ‘wear blue Mile’. Wear blue is a nonprofit organization that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military. The wear blue Mile was a mile long stretch where fallen service members are commemorated along the roadway decorated with their pictures, names, rank, and date they were killed in action. Along with that were 100’s of wear blue members each holding an American flag.

To get into the marathon, Laura and Michelle raised $1035 for Team Marine Parents (TMP). TMP has invested over $1 million in support by sending care packages to combat deployed troops; by providing support, resources and programs for our wounded heroes in military hospitals across the USA; and by providing education and support for family members during their Marine’s career. They also contribute to Gold Star Families who have had a family member killed in action to help with funeral and other expenses.