What does the Marine Corps Marathon have to do with NEMA?
Well, for one, me. I’m a NEMA employee and I’m running it. But it’s more than just that.
GE, a NEMA member, is a sponsor of the marathon’s Health & Fitness Expo. Held at the D.C. Armory, it’s where runners pick up their race day packets and compulsively buy energy gels, headbands, and socks. Nicknamed “The People’s Marathon,” the race draws 30,000 runners who will cross the start line and tackle 26.2 miles as they weave through Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Some of you may know that NEMA’s headquarters is located in Arlington. Well, it’s actually located a few blocks from the finish line—the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. During my training, I’ve run by the memorial, always crowded with busloads of tourists, and passed groups of soldiers practicing drill and ceremony (Fort Myer is nearby, along with Arlington National Cemetery). It’s hard to not stop and watch them for a few minutes. Their practice is extremely coordinated and precise—quite captivating, actually.
GE has made a commitment to make veterans part of its workforce. The company offers veterans a transition assistance program, military employment programs, and veteran’s network. They’re also part of a collaborative program, Get Skills to Work, which joins manufacturers and educators to prepare veterans for a long-term career. Is it any wonder why GE is a sponsor of the Marine Corps Marathon?
There are only 20 days left until the race. Let’s give thanks to our active and retired military for their service, and to GE for sponsoring an event which celebrates the sportsmanship of military and civilian athletes.
26.2 or BUST!