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Elle Thomas: (703-538-3069)
(McLean, Virginia) October 15— Pushing through the morning’s drizzle, 585 runners braved the elements to finish the 5th annual McLean 5K Run with the Warriors on October 3. Since online registration opened in May, 897 supporters registered to join the McLean 5K. Runners from Virginia, Maryland, and the District joined with veterans and wounded warriors to raise money and support Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing at Vinson Hall. Together, the McLean 5K raised over $55,000 through registrations, donations, and corporate sponsorships; exceeding the 2014 McLean 5K by $2,000.
The 2015 McLean 5K marked the first year partnership with Under Armour. In addition to outfitting the McLean 5K runners with commemorative technical race shirts, the partnership also included integration into the brand’s marketing, in-store, and grassroots activities. Additional sponsors of the 2015 McLean 5K included Bank of Georgetown, Citi Bank, the JBG Companies, the Meltzer Group, and Navy Federal Credit Union.
Volunteer off-duty Marines from 8th and I acted as course marshals and assisted setting up the morning of the race. The Freedom Hill Chapter of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and local running group Mom’s Run This Town showed their warrior pride by volunteering at packet pick-up and assembling runners’ swag bag.
“We were really blown away by McLean community’s support of this year’s race,” says Jason Carrier, co-chairman of the McLean 5K and branch leader of Century 21 New Millennium in McLean. “We knew the rain was going to make the run tough, yet families came out in full force and made it a fun day, for a great cause!”
Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation would like to thank all of those who supported the McLean 5K Run with the Warriors. This race allows Vinson Hall and Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation to make a special bond with our McLean community. The Foundation looks forward to increasing that community connection with next year’s 5K.
About Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing: Proceeds from this race provide support to the wounded warriors living at Vinson Hall Retirement Community. Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing was established in 2011 to help some of the many thousands of young, wounded veterans who have returned home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2011, five wounded warriors, referred by the Walter Reed Wounded Warrior Regiment East, have come to call VHRC home.