Got this cool news tidbit in my email newsletter from the LA Marathon:
What’s New at the LA Marathon?
We are honored at Marathon HQ to be hosting the XXIV LA Marathon on Memorial Day. It seems fitting in a way that Angeleno runners and cyclists put themselves to the test this year on the very day that we celebrate and honor the men and women who have so courageously protected American citizens and interests at home and abroad. Those who are serving abroad are dearly missed here in the states and this year, a very special partnership between the LA Marathon and the US Army National Guard is helping to bridge that gap a bit.
A 1st Lt. with the 56th Stryker Brigade of the Army National Guard contacted Marathon HQ requesting to participate in some fashion with the LA Marathon as many of the men and women serving abroad are missing out on marathons at home. And thus, the ‘Shadow Marathon’ was created. Over 400 men and women stationed at Camp Taji in Iraq will run the Camp Taji Memorial Day Marathon and Half Marathon at roughly the same time that you guys are running the marathon here in LA.
We have sent the soldiers t-shirts and finisher medals so they will be able to share in the spirit of the LA Marathon. It is an honor to support our troops on Memorial Day and we commend all of the servicemen and servicewomen for their incredible bravery and dedication to our country.