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"Fund"raising Totals
Runner's Spotlight
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A Note from the Race Coordinator
Pasta Dinner Registration
We Need Your Pictures!
Volunteers Needed
Fundraising Tips

  2013 MCM

"Fund" raising Totals



Top Individuals 

Mark Neilan - $17,791

Lance Prager - $7,805

Kara Chubrik-Emerson - $6,700 

George Jozwiak - $6,359  

Kristi Kilhullen - $6,355


Top Teams 

Excel Fitness 2013 - $62,478 

Holy Cross Naval ROTC- $13,029 

Yellow Ribbon Warriors - $11,971

Never Again - $7,940

Team Two Foot Onions - $5,411


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 9/16

A special THANK
 YOU to our Sponsors!!

Runner's Spotlight
Meet Darryl Cloud  
Darryl Cloud tri
 I started running ten years ago- inspired by my son and daughter's running accomplishments (and not to be out done by them).  The goal, at "50-something", was to run a mile non-stop in 90 days.  One mile led to a 5K event, that led to a 10K, then a half-marathon, and after 2 1/2 years, I ran my first marathon.  I realized how fortunate I was to be doing this and looked for a way to give back.  While I was walking around at a marathon expo, I saw a sign for the Semper Fi Fund.  As a Vietnam Marine Veteran, I knew I had to investigate, and hooked up with Corey Peterson.  Corey made me feel so welcome and motivated; I had found what I was looking for.  I knew how lucky I was during my tour in Vietnam and this was an opportunity to be involved, to help in a way that few are able to do. It was my way to express "Semper Fi" to these young heroes.  I am honored to be a part of this organization. It is a privilege to wear my "Semper Fi Fund" attire at events and know we are making a difference to so many.
One additional story, on 8/17/2007, I ran a 5K in San Diego pushing my new grandson in a jogging stroller.  That  particular day was the 40th anniversary of my reporting to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego; and I was running stronger in 2007 than I was in 1967!
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The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philpsopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is a still greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it.
             --Oliver Goldsmith

Dear Runners,
As a team, you have raised over $400,000 so far in support of our wounded service members.  Way to go!!  We are well on our way to reaching our goal of $775,000.   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 50 days, (36 working days) until the MCM. Don't forget, the deadline for raising the $400 for our mission is approaching quickly, so please continue fundraising.
The fundraising deadline for the $400 goal is October 20th.  If you need any fundraising tips, or information on the fund, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Team shirts will be mailed out by the end of September for you have time to train in it before the marathon. 
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

Don't wait too long to register!

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 - check in at 5:30

WhereRenaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

              2800 South Potomac Avenue

              Arlington, VA 22202


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



WE NEED A PICTURE OF YOU!  George Jozwiak running for the fund

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 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 - five (5) minutes earlier than last year
  • Wheel Chairs and Handcycles 7:40
  • Packet Pick up Info
  • Expo Times 
    • Thursday, October 24  4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Friday, October 25  10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, October 26 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Expo Location - The Stadium-Armory metro line is the closest to the Expo (Blue & Orange Line). It's exactly next to the Armory.




Shirts will be mailed out mid to late September.
team Shirt
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.
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! 

Meet Chris Oswald - Chris has raised $5,977 to date. Chris Oswald

1. Get creative...we made flyers, posters, and business cards for this event.  We would then hand them out to anyone and everyone.


2. Get out and be proactive.  Don't be afraid to approach people you do not know and inform them about the SFF and your event.


3.  Notify/ask for local donations from local businesses.  This one was huge for us.  You would be surprised at how many businesses we had sponsor our event and then some.


4. Ask your local VFW or American Legion for a donation....this is another huge one.  Many people don't know that they are more than just a Vet club, but are also a group that are always actively donating to the troops.


5. Annoy your friends and family.  We all have that one friend who hasn't donated, even $1 will help.


6.  Stay motivated while fundraising.  I watch the MCM videos, SFF videos, and remember all the brothers I lost.  THIS IS FOR THEM.   

Tell your supporters how their donations help.

Below are some dollar amounts of grants that the Semper Fi Fund gives out to assist service members


$5,000          Hand Cycle- a specialized bike for a                            double amputee to participate in                                    sporting events, TSF , etc...


$1,000          Music Lessons-provides a month of                              group music lessons for the Wounded Warrior Battalion                     group lessons for our wounded on Camp                              Pendleton


$600             Alpha Stim- a medical device used for service member                                suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD


                     Lap top- for service members going back to school


$250             Lunch for wounded that attend the surf clinic- therapy for our                      wounded...the clinic is held once a week at Del Mar Beach in                      California


$100             Commissary gift cards-for those struggling to feed their                              families. Example: a service member has cancer and wife                          has to quit her job to care for him.


$50.00          Gas card- for service members who have multiple doctor                            appointments and need help with travel 
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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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