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Fredericksburg to recognize Marine Corps Historic Half tonight


Vice Mayor Brad Ellis, left, reads the proclamation to Rick Nealis as Capt. McHalf watches.

Vice Mayor Brad Ellis, left, reads the proclamation to Rick Nealis as Capt. McHalf watches.

Fredericksburg Vice Mayor Brad Ellis tonight will present a proclamation to Maj. Rick Nealis on behalf of the city in recognition of the 7th running of the Marine Corps Historic Half, which takes place on Sunday.

The proclamation was signed by Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, who will be absent from the meeting following the recent death of her husband.

historichalflogo_webBelow is the text of the proclamation, which encourages city residents to support the runners, to “lead a healthy and active life,” and to support the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Ellis, who served in the Marine Corps, will be running his sixth Historic Half on Sunday.

The event includes three races: the Historic Half (half marathon), the Historic 10K and the Semper Fred 5K. All three events start at 7 a.m. Roads along the route close at 6:30 a.m. Each segment of the road will open after all runners have passed.

The Historic Half starts and ends at the Fredericksburg Expo Center in Celebrate Virginia South. The other two races start in the downtown area and end at the Expo Center.

The Healthy Lifestyle Expo is open to the public and runs on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Marine Corps Historic Half Day

May 18, 2014


WHEREAS, on Sunday, May 18, 2014, the streets of Fredericksburg will echo with the pounding sounds of motivated feet as the City welcomes the greatest half marathon in history, the Marine Corps Historic Half, and;

WHEREAS, the three challenging distances of the Marine Corps Historic Half, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K offer participants unique access to the streets that in 1862 “rang with the sound of the bugle and the trumpeting of marching men”, and;

WHEREAS, the City of Fredericksburg enthusiastically welcomes 10,000 participants including inspired residents and determined visitors from across the United States by cheering from front porches, volunteering alongside the Marines and greeting runners in shops and restaurants, and;

WHEREAS, the Marine Corps Historic Half serves to stimulate commerce, tourism and the spirit of volunteerism throughout the City of Fredericksburg.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor of Fredericksburg, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 18, 2014, Marine Corps Historic Half Day and, I encourage the citizens of this community to cheer the participants who will inspire us all as they run through our picturesque neighborhoods.

FURTHER, I urge Fredericksburg citizens to embrace the mission of the Marine Corps Marathon and lead a healthy and active life while supporting the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps.