On Sunday, May 20 the Fredericksburg town crier will call for the starting musket to fire at 7 a.m. and thousands of runners will take to the streets for the fifth annual Marine Corps Historic Half.
The 13.1-mile loop begins and ends at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center and weaves through the historic downtown Fredericksburg streets where George Washington grew up and the North and South fought one of the largest Civil War battles.
This year's race will also feature a few participants you may have seen on TV. The host of the hit show "The Biggest Loser", Alison Sweeney, as well as contestants Lauren Lee and mother Gail Lindsay Lee will take part in race day.
Sweeney, who will wear Bib 1, ran her first half marathon in January and completed her first marathon in March. She plans to finish with a time of 2:00 hours. Lee and her mother are both residents of Poolesville, MD. Lauren will be running her first half marathon while Gail plans to walk the Semper Fred 5K. Lauren is even registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon this fall.
Also participating in the event is Dr. Oz's Million Dollar Challenger Stephanie Lewis Vance. Vance, hailing from Woodbridge, VA is one of 10 finalists selected to complete a full transformation toward good health in hopes of winning the top prize of one million dollars.
CSNwashington.com will have full coverage of the Marine Corps Historic Half finish line available after the race. Check back Sunday and Monday evening to see yourself, friends and family cross the Historic Half finish line.
In the meantime, check out the race course:
NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.
This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem.
Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though.
The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.
TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.
Why the change?
The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.
The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.
Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.
Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.
Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.
And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.
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