CRYSTAL CITY, Va. – October 26, 2015 — News anchor Chas Henry and Olympian Jeff Galloway were inducted into the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame during a dinner and ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Reagan National Airport in Crystal City, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2015.
Henry and Galloway were inducted for their respective contributions to the marathon over the years.
“There are many individuals over the 40 years of the history [of the marathon] who have done outstanding things, apart of the event as a runner or a organizer or a contributor,” said Marc Goldman, marketing manager for the Marine Corps Marathon.
Henry, a retired Marine and celebrated news anchor, has been volunteering for MCM weekend since 1990.
He serves the Marine Corps Marathon as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee, guest announcer, Runner’s Conference moderator and co-host of the Comcast SportsNet live show the morning of the event.
“I love the fact that the Marine Corps, which is known for physical fitness, can create this opportunity for the rest of the country to feel apart of that,” said Henry. “To think you’ve helped these people achieve a personal goal is very rewarding.”
Galloway, a retired Navy lieutenant and founder of the Run-Walk-Run program, has been involved with the marathon for 20 years and has completed 12. He travels the nation hosting running clinics and encouraging runners to be safer and easier on their bodies.
“[Runners] say, ‘Well I can’t run 26.2 miles,’ and Jeff says, No, but you can run, walk, run and get a time better than you would have imagined,’” said Henry. “It’s very humbling for me to be considered worthy of induction the same year that someone like Jeff Galloway gets in.”
He was added to the hall of fame for his passion for running and enabling countless participants of all skill levels to complete distance events.
“To help people accomplish this goal without pain is a huge deal for me, and that’s why I’m here,” said Galloway.
Galloway ran this year’s marathon in honor of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt. Wyatt lost his life in the Chattanooga shootings earlier this year.
“I have known a number of parents who have lost their children in combat or other situations, and its one of the toughest situations in life that anybody has to deal with,” said Galloway. “I had to do this, it’s just a wonderful way of supporting who he was.”
Other honored guests, or “ambassadors,” at the hall of fame diner, included Bonnie Carroll and Bob and Kirsten Elling and marathon “Groundpounders” Alfred Richmond and Will Brown.
“Ambassador is a ceremonial title that we bestow upon individuals who have been apart of the event in interesting ways,” said Goldman.
Carroll, a retired Air Force major, brings more than 200 runners every year to the marathon through her charity, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
TAPS is a non-profit organization, which provides support and care to friends and families of fallen service members and has been a long-time MCM Charity Program.
Bob and Kirsten Elling were married at the start line of the 1996 MCM and have completed it annually ever since.
Alfred Richmond and Will Brown, both Marine veterans, are considered “Groundpounders” for running all 40 Marine Corps Marathons.
By Sgt. Eric Keenan, Defense Media Activity