Bobby McLaughlin completes Marathon in 4:01:36
Event: Marine Corps Marathon held 10/25/20
Sponsored in Seattle, Washington
“I look back at the little island, and I said, every day I live from now on will be a bonus.” - Sgt. Alfred Cialfi (from Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue) 45th Marine Corps Marathon is complete. The above mentioned book about Iwo Jima was weaved through this great day we had. The MCM finisher medals contain sand from Iwo Jima and the story from that island is powerful. 26 of us participated in our virtual event and it was truly amazing! Runners, walkers, and cyclists completed distances which fit for their day, then we gathered at the end for a chef prepared meal.
Yup, these are some of my amazing friends who sacrifice their time, participating in something of value, all bringing their own positivity to the event. I’m honored to have such incredible people in my life. I even had the chance 1/2 way through to call our Marine and chit chat....hopefully in three years time he’ll be able to join me in running in DC. Every day is a bonus. I hope to keep this thought ever present.
Covid moved the live event to virtual, but our event was a clear reminder that life many times is 10% what happens to us, and 90% what we make of it. Our event and countless others around the country demonstrated the honor, courage and commitment we see in the USMC and certainly the Semper Gumby attitude we adopted as parents of our new Marines. Each participant in our virtual event was and is super grateful for our opportunity to participate in this event, one reminding us of those who serve and showing us we can most definitely create some wonderful lemonade out of some of the lemons we find in life.