In honor of the 241st United States Marine Corps Birthday which is observed annually on November 10th, 12 Marines ran 241 miles as part of the Reebok Ragnar Relay in Napa Valley this past weekend.
The Reebok Ragnar Relay is a unique over-night relay race that pushes you mentally, physically and socially. Running on restricted food and shelter, the Marines added an extra 58 miles to the standard Ragnar Napa distance of 182 miles to run a maximum of 241 miles in honor of the 241 years of service the Marines have given the United States. They also ran the final 5 miles together as a unit, crossing the finishing line with the American flag in hand.
Starting at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, the Marines ran all the way to the Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa Valley, supported by Marine branded team vans. A selection of local Marine Corps veterans who fought in the Korean War and WWII, as well as families from surrounding communities, were also on hand at the finish line to cheer the Marines on towards the finish and congratulate them on their achievement.
The Marines team included, 4 women and 8 men:
1st Lieutenant, Asa Hess-Matsumoto
1st Lieutenant, Whitney Irby
Gunnery Sergeant, Jordan Halverson
Gunnery Sergeant, Kirk Eggleston
Gunnery Sergeant, Troy Campbell
Sergeant, Marvin Umana
Sergeant, Rebekah Eggleston
Sergeant, Patrick Ramos
Corporal, Matt Lassak
Corporal, Asia Sorenson
Lance Corporal, Molly Hampton
Lance Corporal, Andrew Walch
During 241-mile Reebok Ragnar Relay, together the Marines tallied up the following fun stats:
- Used 66 gallons of gas
- Drank 19 gallons of water
- Made 28 pit stops
- Said ma’am and sir 314 times
- Made 39 wardrobe changes
- Slept 34 hours (averaging less than 3 hours of sleep each)
The Reebok Ragnar Relay pushed them mentally, physically and socially, but the Marines conquered the relay with strength, endurance, and determination—and successfully completed the 241 miles in honor of the 241st United States Marine Corps Birthday together as a team, remaining Semper Fidelis (“Always Faithful”) to each other and the mission.
Be sure to scroll below for the visual infographic with the interesting and fun stats from the relay.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday Marines…Oohrah!
And Happy early Veteran’s Day to all those that have served our country as well as to those that continue to fight for our freedom!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!