First Command News & Media
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 21, 2014
First Command is a Proud Sponsor of the 39th Marine Corps Marathon
FORT WORTH, Texas — First Command Financial Services, Inc., announced today its sponsorship of the 39th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), continuing the company’s proud history of supporting “The People’s Marathon.”
About 30,000 runners are expected to take part in this year’s marathon on Oct. 26 in Arlington, Va. And First Command’s sponsorship dollars will support several popular elements of the annual event.
First Command is the presenting sponsor of the Carbo Dining In, the MCM’s annual pre-event pasta dinner at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The company will also participate in the marathon’s Health & Fitness Expo, a three-day event that is expected to attract more than 100,000 runners and visitors.
“Again this year, First Command is proud to play a supporting role in this outstanding athletic event,” said Scott Spiker, CEO of First Command. “We consider it a great honor to be affiliated with ‘The People’s Marathon,’ and we look forward to joining the tens of thousands of volunteers and fans who will be cheering on the runners as they make their way through the heart of our nation’s capital. We view our ongoing support of this event as a clear demonstration of the sense of partnership we feel with all of the armed forces.”
First Command’s relationship with the MCM began in 1998 when more than 170 First Command employees and their families volunteered to assist nearly 15,000 runners. Since then, the company has sponsored seven MCMs, including one of the most historic events, held on October 28, 2001. It was just a few short weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedies in New York and at the Pentagon, that 200 First Command volunteers showed up to assist the 16,000 runners during the 26th MCM.
About First Command
First Command Financial Services and its subsidiaries, including First Command Bank and First Command Financial Planning, assist American families in their efforts to build wealth, reduce debt and pursue their lifetime financial goals and dreams—focusing on consumer behavior as the first and most powerful determinant of results. Through knowledgeable advice and coaching of the financial behaviors conducive to success, First Command Financial Advisors have built trustworthy, lasting relationships with hundreds of thousands of client families since 1958.
About the Marine Corps Marathon
Voted the "Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic" and "Best Marathon for Spectators," the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Also known as "The People's Marathon," runners from all walks of life participate in the MCM, which is the largest marathon not to offer prize money. The 39th MCM sponsored by Arlington, Brooks, Hyundai and GE will be hosted in Arlington, Va., on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. #RunWithTheMarines