Seventy-one U.S. Marines and Sailors from Camp Lejeune-New River Air Station, and members of the Single Marine Program, are volunteering to lend a hand during the Third Annual Susan G. Komen Historic Wilmington Race for the Cure®.
“The Single Marine Program (SMP) has three components,” said Susan Goodrich, Branch Head of SMP at Camp Lejeune, Camp Johnson and New River Air Station. “One of the components is community involvement which is very important to the Marines. The Marines and Sailors are always looking to give back to the community.”
The Marines will handle logistics for the race which is coming up on Saturday, March 7. The race will consist of a timed 5K run, a 5K walk and one-mile walk in the Historic district.
“Voted America’s best riverfront community by readers of USA Today and10Best, “the Wilmington race provides a unique combination of history, family travel and fitness, while supporting a great cause,” noted Pam Kohl, Executive Director of Susan G Komen’s Triangle to the Coast Affiliate. “Participants from 50 counties and 18 states attended the inaugural race.
To get participants race-ready, an invigorating Zumba warm-up in planned. Other activities surrounding the event, to get everyone involved, are a Kids’ Dash for ages 3-5, a breast cancer survivor’s breakfast, and a survivor’s celebration with group photo.
“Marines and Sailors will arrive early in the morning and assist with traffic control, watering stations, the aid station, registration, and any other mission required by race officials,” said SMP Activities Programmer and Coordinator Michelle Dunkle.
“We’re pleased to share our historic riverside community to support the ongoing battle against breast cancer,” said Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington. “Each year, we witness a tremendous outpouring of love and support for this event from local citizens and people across the nation.