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Marine Corps Marathon Day


WHEREAS, the 44th Marine Corps Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, this annual endurance event hosted by the United States Marine Corps is a display of honor, courage, and commitment; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to welcome each of the 30,000 runners participating in the 26.2-mile Marine Corps Marathon, or the inaugural MCM50K, which is set to be the largest ultra in the United States in its first year; and

WHEREAS, runners begin and complete their running journeys in Arlington, Virginia, with on-course landmarks such as Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the iconic Marine Corps War Memorial, where U.S. Marines proudly present each finisher with an eagle, globe and anchor medal; and

WHEREAS, this annual event is an international display of freedom and endurance with marathon, 10K and endurance runners, spectators, and volunteers from each state and every corner of the world; and

WHEREAS, known as “The People’s Marathon,” the Marine Corps Marathon is a testament and celebration of determination, resilience, and resolve; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia acknowledges with appreciation the courageous efforts of our United States Marine Corps and all brave men and women in uniform who defend our nation and freedoms;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 27, 2019, as MARINE CORPS MARATHON DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens