Whether you were a runner or a spectator in the Marine Corp. Half Marathon held in Fredericksburg on Sunday, May 19th, you could not help but notice the enthusiastic group of cheerers wearing neon yellow shirts near the Virginia Partners Bank on Cowan Boulevard. Our club was approached by Homes For Our Troops about if we would help support them at the Marathon, and we were out there on Hospital Hill as early as 6:30 AM to encourage the thousands of runners to carry through their mission of finishing the race. Even though it drizzled at times, our spirits were not dampened. It was truly encouraging for us to see how some of the runners really seemed to become reinvigorated by our cheers egging them on. Believe it or not, some even managed to squeeze out a smile between painful strides.
Certainly a community service project we will want to do again next year. Our thanks to those who serve our country and may God bless them and their families!