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Race Week: Runners in Their Own Words [Part 2 of 5]

The Half Moon Bay International Marathon is this weekend, Sept. 28-29. Here's one woman's story about why she's running in this annual Coastside event alongside her husband.

Monica Boyce is running in the Half Moon Bay International Marathon in support of Team, Red, White, and Blue to help veterans and their families.
Monica Boyce is running in the Half Moon Bay International Marathon in support of Team, Red, White, and Blue to help veterans and their families.
Half Moon Bay is currently in "Race Week" with only four more days to go before the Half Moon Bay International Marathon welcomes 1,200 runners from 39 states and six countries, set to run 26.2 miles starting from Pillar Point Harbor along the Pacific coastline.

For the next few days leading up to race day on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, Half Moon Bay Patch will feature stories in the runner’s own words about why they are participating in the race. Some of their stories are quite emotional and insightful and will inspire you and maybe even bring tears to your eyes.

Read the stories from Part 1 of Linda McLean and Josh Holian here.

Monica Boyce

I am running in support of Team, Red, White, and Blue, which is a nonprofit organization founded by our close friend. It is an organization that helps soldiers coming home from war/overseas but also helps those military members who are transitioning from military life to civilian life. 

Many military members suffer from post traumatic stress, are wounded in war, or just may have signs of anxiety or depression when changing paths. It is estimated that there are about 400,000 untreated cases of PTSD among veterans. They may feel a bit lost. TeamRWB helps them feel empowered, part of a unit or part of a community and helps them feel confident.

The comradery is amazing! It is made up of military members and nonmilitary members helping one another. Mentoring programs have been put in place, camps, social events, and most of all physical activity is what binds this group together-triathletes, marathoners, you name it. 

This team is amazing and there are now many chapters located across the United States. Check out their Facebook page and website.

It is truly amazing how this has taken off. It even has many supporters like Elizabeth and Tim Hassleback, who regularly run with a chapter in New York, as well as triathlete Timothy O'Donnell, and many other generals or military officers. 

I myself am a military wife with three children under age 5, and I find it very important to give back and help raise money for an organization such as this. My husband is a Naval Aviator, and we are currently stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. He has done two eight-month deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and has had to be away quite often in order to train to help protect our country. 

I feel very thankful and blessed to have such a remarkable husband by my side, and thankful he is safe and home right now. I cannot fathom what it must be like to have a loved one wounded in war or come home in a mental state which takes over their entire life. 

This is why I am running, to give back, to help support our veterans and their families, and raise money for TeamRWB! I am very excited to come to Half Moon Bay and run the half marathon with my best friend, my husband.

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Race Weekend Events

The Half Moon Bay International Marathon will include a full 26.2 marathon event, a 13.1 mile half marathon event, and a FREE 5k Fun-Run.

Saturday, Sept. 28

·       12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. - Runner's World's Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso (and author of the famous Yasso 800s training workout) will speak about his passion of running and how to achieve your goals. 

·       12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Bart will be available for photos and book signings. 

·       1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Eric Vaughan, Executive Director of the HMBIM will discuss the course, signage, aid stations and other last minute tips. 

·       2 p.m. - 4 mile fun run (run as much as you want) on the HMBIM Course with Bart Yasso, starting from the HMBIM Start/Finish Line.

Sunday, Sept. 29

Three events are planned for race day including a full and half marathon distance and a free 5K fun run. The Full and Half distances are run on a mixture of paved coastal trails, local streets and some hard-packed dirt trails, while the 10k and 5k are entirely on paved trails. The trail portions of the course offer some of the most spectacular vistas of the entire course. The Start/Finish Line of the 2013 HMBIM is at EQ Fitness HMB (formerly known as Coastal Lifestyles), 371 Princeton Avenue, Half Moon Bay.

·       Full Marathon: 7 a.m.

·       Half Marathon first wave start: 7:30 a.m.

·       Just Run 5K: 7:45 a.m.

After Party at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Steps away for the Start/Finish Line, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is hosting an amazing party all day, starting with breakfast in the morning for spectators and early finishers, followed by lunch, and a special HMBIM Beer! Come grab some food and drink, and enjoy the festivities featuring live entertainment and outdoor seating near the finish line. Get tickets by clicking here

All of the above events are open to the public. Marathon organizers still need volunteers. Click here for more information — you'll have a chance to win one of several prizes, get a free shirt, and be a part of the amazing community event.

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