Marine Captain Maggie Seymour Completes the Mission
Marine Captain Maggie Seymour has been running across the United States since July 22, 2017 to raise money for nonprofits that help veterans. She started in San Diego, and ended today with a 10K run in Virginia Beach. She just ran her 9th Marine Corps Marathon a few days ago in Washington DC. She is transitioning from the Marine Corps to civilian life, and learning along the way.
Trekking across the country hasn’t all been fun and games, and Maggie has run through the gamut of questioning herself amidst the pain of long distance running as her feet swelled 2.5 sizes bigger than normal. It was also instrumental in a 30 pound weight loss.
“So I’ll keep going, not fully understanding why, but making the option of quitting as small as possible, as unattractive as possible. I’ll try and stick to my goals, keep my “why” in front of me for as long as possible and then keep faith that it’s there even as it recedes into pain and self-pity. I’ll go through the whole question and answer inner monologue as many times as I need to. I’ll just keep getting up. Sometimes quietly, clumsily, even angrily. Just keep getting up til I’m done. Because sometimes you just do things.” Maggie Seymour in her blog on day 85.
She quickly learned that running at night was the only option through the heat soaked Sonoran Desert. Throughout her journey, people donated for her cause.
The San Diego Union Tribune reported,
“By the second day, we knew we had to run at night,” Seymour said. “Running at night is like running through no-man’s land. It’s hot and dark. There are long expanses without people or hotels.”
She relied on a rotating team of five volunteer drivers to shadow her through the vast expanses of America, taking shifts that lasted between three days to a month.
Her course through the western states largely followed the original U.S. Route 66.
Seymour said that she collected more than $35,000 in contributions along the way and estimates she’ll garner about $40,000 by the time she wraps up her quest.
On Sept. 18, she crossed the Oklahoma border into Arkansas to donate two racing chairs to Ainsley’s Angels of America, a charity that supports special needs kids.”
Along the way she has seen a police officer in uniform run with her, as well as escorts from First Responders. Her mission has been well received, with supporters waiting for her at various locations.
What’s next? An intelligence officer who deployed to Afghanistan, she found that learning was something she could be passionate about. Maggie plans to teach at National University when she transitions. She’ll be joining a reserve unit in Colorado after she is out.
“I’ve always said that running was one of my favorite and most effective teachers. The things I’ve learned about myself and life on the trails, including during this cross-country journey, I could have learned in few other places. Experiences allow you to learn from the world and yourself, formal education allows you to learn from others, and that’s why I’ve always been a big advocate for both formal education and experiential knowledge. It’s why I went to college, then joined the Marine Corps. It’s why I also pursued graduate school, twice, while in the Marine Corps and am approaching the end of my doctorate program in international studies.” Maggie Seymour