October 30th: Support Ukrainian Veterans at the 47th Marine Corps Marathon!

Dear Supporters of Ukraine,
Join us to greet Ukrainian Veterans, who will take part in the 47th Marine Corps Marathon this year together with American Veterans and their supporters!
Participating V10 Veterans:
RUSLAN O. POPOV is Junior Sergeant of the Airborne Troops in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He was the commander of a grenadier unit. During the initial stage of the Russian-Ukrainian war in 2014-2015, he fought in Sector A, including in Krymske, Triokhizbenka, Shchastia, Stanytsia Luhanska, Pobieda and other settlements of Luhansk Oblast.
BOHDAN M. USHARUK was a deputy commander of the platoon, artillery system commander, and Sergeant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
During the Anti-Terrorist Operation in 2014-2015, he fought in the 51st Detached Mechanized Brigade (currently reformed into the 14th Mechanized Brigade) in Sector D in Donetsk Oblast (in Amvrosiivka, Stepanivka, Dmytrivka) and in Luhansk Oblast (in Diakove, Zelenopillia, Dovzhanskyi, Biriukove, Chervonopartyzansk, Sverdlovsk, Krasnodon, Izvaryne). He was briefly held in detention as a prisoner of war by the Russian armed forces.
ANATOLIY VERESENKO was a combatant in the war against Russia in 2014-2015. He fought in the 26th Artillery Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In February-May 2022, he defended Kyiv in the 112th Territorial Defense Brigade.
PAVLO KOVALSKYI. During the Anti-Terrorist Operation in April-September 2014, he was deployed with the 51st Detached Mechanized Brigade in Donetsk Oblast. In October 2015-April 2015, he was in Luhansk Oblast with the 15th battalion of the 128th Mountain Assault Infantry Brigade. During the current hot phase of the Russian-Ukrainian war, in February-May 2022, he served in the Volunteer Territorial Defense unit of the Lutsk Rapid Reaction Battalion, military installation #A7028.
Support Team of Ukrainian Veterans:
Ветеранська Десятка / Veterans Dozen Foundation:
National council for the sports rehabilitation / SportVeterans:
Also joining the MCM 10K run to support our veterans:
Nadiya Shaporynska, President of US Ukrainian Activists:
Course Details:
The Marine Corps Marathon is aptly nicknamed the “Marathon of the Monuments.”
The USATF-certified 26.2 mile marathon course starts in Arlington, VA on Route 110 between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Hand cyclist begin around 7:50 a.m., with runners starting at 7:55 a.m. The course moves through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Runners will experience a climb on Lee Highway in the first few miles of the course, but are rewarded with a descent along Spout Run and the Parkway.
After crossing Key Bridge into Georgetown between Miles 4 and 5, runners turn right along the renowned M Street where throngs of spectators will cheer them through the most popular area of historic Georgetown.
From M Street, MCM runners continue turning right onto Wisconsin Avenue and then left onto K Street, and continue to run on K under the Whitehurst Freeway. Runners then make a continuous loop turning right onto 27th Street, right onto I Street, right onto Virginia Avenue and finally turn right onto Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, heading north. It’s along the Parkway that MCM runners will enjoy running the beautifully tree-lined roadways and under historic stone-covered bridges before making a U-turn at the median located at Beach and Shoreham Drives.
After the U-turn, runners follow the southbound lanes of Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway heading past the impressive Kennedy Center and under the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. Between Miles 10 and 11, MCM participants travel parallel to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and then bear left onto Ohio Drive while running under Arlington Memorial Bridge.
Runners remain right of the John Ericsson National Memorial as Ohio Drive meet Independence Avenue and then right onto Ohio Drive entering West Potomac Park.
Runners continue along the scenic Potomac River and through the emotional wear blue Mile of the course where fallen service members are commemorated in photographs along the roadway decorated with American Flags. Runners continue to move on Ohio Drive and to the very end of Hains Point, as Ohio Drive continues along the other side of the peninsula, adjacent to the East Potomac Golf Course.
MCM participants will depart the Hains Point area as the roadway splits, turning onto East Basin Drive before making a left onto Maine Avenue. Through Miles 15 and 16, MCM runners will continue all along the scenic Tidal Basin with views of the Jefferson Memorial. Runners will continue on Maine Avenue as it turns onto Independence Avenue and will head west further along the Tidal Basin crossing over the Kutz Bridge. On Independence Avenue, MCM competitors will run by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and the FDR Memorial. MCM runners then loop back along Independence Avenue on the side closest to the National Mall and the Korean and WWII Memorials and the before making a left turn onto 15th Street at the Washington Monument.
MCM runners then continue on the course along the north side of the National Mall, with views of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; the National Museum of American History; National Museum of Natural History and then the National Art Gallery at Mile 18, before turning left onto 3rd Street.
The MCM course then moves runners right onto Constitution Avenue traveling toward the U.S. Capitol and continues to turn them right along the inside of East Capitol Circle and onto 1st Street, with impressive views of the Capitol dome.
Along the National Mall, runners turn right onto 1st Street Northwest then stay to the left of Garfield Circle, right onto Maryland Avenue and then right onto 3rd Street. At this point, runners will turn left onto Jefferson Drive past the Air and Space Museum, the historic carousel, the Smithsonian Castle and the Freer Gallery of Art. Runners then make a left turn onto 14th Street, passing the Holocaust Museum just before they “Beat the Bridge” at Mile 20.
From Miles 20 to 21, runners will cross over the 14th Street Bridge and the scenic Potomac River as they head back into Virginia for the last 10K of the course running along Army-Navy Drive.
Then runners turn left onto 12th Street South in Crystal City.
The official MCM course continues along Crystal Drive where the vibrant colors and energy of the Crystal City Family Festival will be on display. From Crystal Drive, runners will turn into the Crystal Park Tower and exit the driveway again onto Crystal Drive. Runners then turn right onto Long Bridge Drive, parallel to the scenic park, and bear left onto Boundary Channel Drive toward the Pentagon.
From here, MCM participants turn left onto Connector Road and head back onto Route 110.
The MCM course unfurls alongside Arlington National Cemetery then, after turning left onto Marshall Drive, offers a final up-hill challenge to the finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial!