Marine Corps Marathon has long history of political participation

Huckabee’s tip to those who may be struggling with motivation leading up to the race is to dedicate each mile to someone and let them know before the race. He’s used that tactic in all four of his races to keep going and reach the finish.

“I put all their names on a little card and laminated it, so it wouldn’t get destroyed with my sweat, and wore it around my neck on a lanyard,” he said. “Every mile, I never wanted to have to say to that person, ‘I made it this far, but I choked on your mile.’ I can’t stress how valuable that was.”

Though Frist said he was a slow runner, he continued to participate in races like the Army 10-Miler in D.C. and has run with Marines, the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Ky., and along the Grand Canyon. About five years ago, he the former senator stopped running but continues to exercise with yoga, pilates, spinning and cycling trips.

“Casual and fun long-distance running set the foundation of my love and commitment to exercise and a healthy lifestyle, and I know a healthier and more fulfilling life,” he said.

Porter said he never felt better than when he was training for the marathon and plans to tackle another one someday — specifically, another Marine Corps Marathon.

“It was more rewarding that I was able to do it for the Marines, so I will do it again,” he said. “It’s not about winning, it’s about finishing. I knew there were 18,000 people ahead of me, but I’m proud to say I did it and I did it for the Marines.”

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