The Megan McClung Memorial Run is back

Due to the unexpected passing of the race director, Michael McClung, the 2013 race was cancelled. Megan’s mom, Re McClung, wasn’t sure how or when she could make the race a reality again.

But a few weeks ago she was approached by Melissa Riker, an experienced race director. Re says that it is due to Melissa’s enthusiasm and drive, and know-how and connections that all of the critical race plans are now in place. Race Day is September 12 and is being coordinated with Oak Harbor’s Military Appreciation Day. Melissa, Re, and Mike, Jr. who is handling all things website, said they are determined to make this year’s race a success.

Major Megan Malia-Leilani McClung, also known as M4, was the first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War. She was serving as a public affairs officer in Al Anbar Province, Iraq and was escorting Newsweek media when the Humvee in which she was riding ran over an IED. Megan was a triathlete and seven-time Ironman, winning first place military female at Kona, Hawaii in 2000.

MATSG-53 initiated the race in 2007 to honor Megan and other fallen heroes. Her parents took over management of the race in 2010.

Everyone who knew Megan understood that she saw exercise as a way to build the body, clear the mind and lift the spirit. She was known to finish a race (usually in the front) and then return down the course with water and encouragement to ensure that “no one is left behind.”

This race continues her legacy.  The charity run supports the Semper Fi Fund (SFF), a nonprofit organization established to provide financial aid and quality of life solutions. The SFF has issued more than 95,000 grants totaling more than $112 million to thousands of heroes and their families (including 783 grants for 204 Washington State wounded) to cover everything from handicapped enabled vehicles to homes made wheel chair accessible. Donations from this race to SFF give back to those who have given so much in service to our country.

You can find more information about the race at  Local sponsors and volunteers are still needed.  Contact Melissa or Re at racedirector@meganmc if you are willing to help.