Support Through Sport
MCM Newsletter                                                                                                                         August 2013
Marine Corps Marathon Logo
"Fund"raising Totals
Runner's Spotlight
Join us on Facebook
Team Shirts
MCM Hotel Info
Quick Links
A Note from the Race Coordinator
Pasta Dinner Registration
We Need You Pictures!
Volunteers Needed
Important Race Course Info
Fundraising Tips
Run with the Semper Fi Fund
A special THANK
 YOU to our Sponsors!!

  2013 MCM

"Fund" raising Totals



Top Individuals 

Mark Neilan - $17,691

Kristi Kilhullen - $6,280

Lance Prager - $5,955 

Christopher Oswald - $5,046

George Jozwiak - $4,084 


Top Teams 

Excel Fitness 2013 - $55,817 

Yellow Ribbon Warriors - $11,539

Holy Cross Naval ROTC- $11,397

Never Again - $6,535

Team Two Foot Onions - $4,654


Find out where you stand in your fundraising efforts by going to our team page here.


Thank you for all of you hard work and training!!


*Fundraising totals pulled on 8/7

Runner's Spotlight
Meet Michael Monti who runs in memory of Staff Sgt. Joseph D'Augustine 
Marine Staff SGT. D'Augustine

On March 27, 2012 Marine Corp SSGT Joseph D'Augustine, assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; was killed in the Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.


Joey's family is friends with my family. In fact, I'd known him since I was little. Prior to Joey's death, I had been running in support of another veterans charity in the name of my father (a purple heart veteran of Vietnam), my grandfathers, uncles, friends, and cousin, all vets of foreign wars.  At Joey's funeral, his family asked for donations to SFF, so when it came time for me to sign up for the ill fated NYC Marathon, I sought out the SFF. 


When I looked to run the MCM, instead of asking friends for donations, I asked them to run.  Many were inspired by the video of a SFF triple amputee running the Tunnel to Towers, and if he could run 3.1 for fallen fire fighters, we could run 26.2 for him.  Our team, Never Again, the first words from my sister (who's running again) after her first and only marathon 3 years ago, came together.  Mostly marathon rookies, a few marathoners, a Marine, a Navy SEAL, and Joey's sister, make up our team and is doing a strong job fundraising.  We all have our reasons to raise.  For me it is honoring Joey and the recently deceased Navy SEALs.  

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 Team Shirts
Shirts will be mailed out mid to late September.

*Shirts will be mailed out to the address you registered with through Active.  If you have moved or have a different address you would like the shirt mailed to, please update that through your Active account.

MCM Hotel Information
This year the Semper Fi Fund has again teamed up with the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel located in the heart of Crystal City's dining and business district.   


Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

2800 South Potomac Ave  ArlingtonVirginia 22202 USA


Room rate is $189 and the group code is Semper Fi Fund

Quick Links


Our Website

Fundraising Kit

MCM Camapign Page

SFF Newsletter

Downloadable Poster 

Invite a Friend! Registration Link

Check Donation Form

Fundraising Letters

Join Our Mailing List


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Every day thousands of unsung heroes bring caring and compassion to the lives of millions.  Their names are never featured in the headlines, but our world would be a much darker place without them.
             --Charles Devlin

Dear Runners,
YOU are our unsung heroes! You, as a team, have raised over $360,000 so far this year!  With your continued support through fundraising and training, you are bringing awareness to the Semper Fi Fund.  We can not thank you enough. 
There are less than 80 days until the MCM.  Don't forget, the deadline for raising the $400 for our mission comes up quickly, so please continue fundraising.  
There are still running slots available for MCM 10K, so if you know anyone who missed the MCM registration, but would still like to join our team and run the 10K, please have them contact us soon.  We want to see as many of our team shirts on that course as possible!
Thank you for your "Support Through Sport" and know that your fundraising efforts help ensure that our heroes are never alone on their road to recovery.   
Elizabeth O'Connell and the Semper Fi Fund Race Team
Elizabeth O'Connell
Race Coordinator

Registration now open!!

Semper Fi Fund Pasta Dinner:  

Join other runners and our Team Semper Fi athletes for an evening of great food and camaraderie along with Gen. Al Grey, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps and special guest Bonnie Amos


You must be on our team roster to attend this event. Team members may bring guests. Our top fundraisers will be honored.  Join us!


Registered Runner -No Charge (you must register to reserve your seat) 

Family Members - $30.00

Children 12 & under - $5.00


When:  Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:00pm

WhereRenaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

              2800 South Potomac Avenue

              Arlington, VA 22202


Registration closing date is Friday, October 11, 2013, @ 6pm  PST




We will be creating a slide show of all our amazing runners to be shown at the Pasta Dinner Saturday night. Please email any photos you would like to share to  

Photos will be accepted until the 1st of October. 


We look forward to seeing you in DC and showcasing you and/or your team in this slide show! 

Do you have a family member or know someone that would like to help out on race day?  For the fist time, the Semper Fi Fund will have a water station at this year's race. 

To register go to

  • There will be a drop down menu.  
  • Select the Semper Fi Fund 
  • Password SemperFi2013  
New Start Time 7:55 - 5 minutes earlier than last year 
Wheel Chairs and Handcycles 7:40


Semper Fido asked Team "Never Again's" Captain Michael Monti for some of his fundraising tips.
Team "Never Again" has raised $6,535 to date!

Being a fundraiser I've learned a few things:


1.  Don't be embarrassed to ask anyone.  You are not asking for money for you or your race, you are asking to support the cause.  Ask multiple times.  Put your website out in emails and on social media every week or so.  Make sure everyone sees your message.  A month before the race, flood everyone with news, making sure they know the race is soon. 


2.  Don't assume someone won't give.  Ask anyway.  His dad could be a Veteran, so the cause could hit close to home. 


3.  Take whatever people can give.  Some people are embarrassed because they don't have much.  Last race, I had a girl I who is down on her luck stop by with a $10 bill.  That $10 meant more to her than most of the $100 and $200 donations I've gotten, but she helped the cause.


4.  Have your website on you at all times.  I have business cards made with my website on it.  They cost like 5 bucks for 500 cards, but when you're in the bar and talking about the race and someone says they're interested in donating, hand them the card, it's much better than, "I'll get you the info soon".  You'll forget to pass the info.


5.  Think out of the box.  I live on the corner of a cross street where runners, bikers, and dog walkers pass.  I had a banner made saying I was running the race for SFF, take a card.  The number of complete strangers that donate is amazing.


6.  Get the cause out there.  Wear your SFF shirt at every race.  People ask what it is.  Tell everyone that your running and why.


I could raise $400 in my sleep, $400 should be your minimum, not your goal.

Looking to participate in other events to support the Semper Fi Fund?
Tunnel to Towers 5K - New York, NY, September 29
Century Ride, Hawaii's largest cycling event -  Honolulu, HI, September 29
Jacksonville Florida Marine Corps 1/2 Marathon - Jacksonville, FL October 5, 
Marine Corps Marathon - Washington, DC - October 27
**Charity slots sold out. Already registered runners and 10K runners welcome!!
Ripley Race 5K- Annapolis, MD November 3
New York City Marathon - November 3.  
**Charity slots sold out.  Already registered runners welcome to join our team!!
San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon &1/2 - November 17
Honolulu Marathon - Honolulu, HI, December 8 
Carlsbad Marathon - Carlsbad, CA, January 19
ARMY Marathon - Killeen, TX,  March 3
Cooper River Bridge Run - Charleston, SC, April 5
Marine Corps Historic Half - Fredericksburg, VA, May 18
Please contact for more information on how to register for these events.  
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The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces.    

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