Everyone who ran the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26 seemed to have a story: Medal of Honor recipient retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter bears the scars of his, some sported T-shirts with names of veteran family members or fallen friends, others ran in support of military charities.
Army Lt. Col. Kevin Lynch was no different: One of 3,700 active-duty participants in a field of more than 30,000 runners, it was the Iraq war veteran’s first marathon, and he had traveled from South Korea to do it.
But his story doesn’t stop there. Besides flying 6,000 miles from Daegu just three days before, he brought his family. And wife Kathleen, 18-year-old son Sean and 14-year-old daughter Danielle were not just cheering from the sidelines — they were running as well.
I ran alongside Lynch for several miles in scenic Rock Creek Park, struck by the fact that someone would fly halfway around the world to run a marathon that takes place in my backyard and marveling that he talked his entire family into doing it too.
But he said the idea was actually his wife’s — an opportunity both for good, clean family fun and to honor the troops.