Thursday, May 30, 2013

Running For TeamKelly

Photo by OHventures

In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, I thought it was most appropriate to make mention of a great cause that honors fallen soldiers through the sport of running. The cause is TeamKelly, a memorial team competing in races nationwide in honor and in memory of 1st Lt. Robert M. Kelly and the 23 other Marines killed from 3/5 (3rd Battalion 5th Marines) during the 2010-2011 deployment.

Participants run for those who can't and run to keep their memory alive. Their goal is to remind people who see the "TeamKelly" shirts that men and women have laid down their lives for this country and we should never forget them.

TeamKelly's main race is the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Marathon & 10K each October (most recently October 28, 2012 and upcoming on October 27, 2013) in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Throughout the year, however, fellow Marines and supporters run various races in their own cities donning the aforementioned "TeamKelly" shirt.

That very shirt could be spotted in the streets of Columbus, OH during the Capital City Half Marathon by my great friend, Richard, who was a member of the same deployment as 1st Lt. Robert M. Kelly.

Richard finished the half marathon with an impressive time of 1:44:43! It was an honor to have joined Richard as he proudly displayed his medal alongside the shirt of his fellow Marine he had served with.

If you are interested in fundraising or running in Robert's memory, contact TeamKelly at

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