Back in 2001 when Kim Allison’s husband Brett reported to his first duty station, Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, NC, the couple had a newborn and Kim was looking for a way to get involved in the community and meet people. “A friend invited me to volunteer with the Society—I became a Budget for Baby instructor, helped with the layette program, and later became a caseworker,” Kim said.
From there, this military family made many more moves to Yuma, Arizona; Stafford, Virginia; San Diego, California; Annapolis, Maryland; and now to Chesapeake, Virginia where Kim’s husband is stationed. Today, there are four Allison children, ages 8, 11, 13, and 15. Kim says she doesn’t have as much time to volunteer as she once did, but her family still wholeheartedly supports the Society – which is why she and Brett will be running the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) together in October on the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society team.
“I did distance running in high school and college but then I got married and had kids,” Kim explained. “I did one fundraising run with NMCRS at New River, which was fun. Now that the kids are older, I’ve been able to pick it up more regularly.” Since they’re living on the East Coast again, Kim thought the obvious choice for a marathon would be the MCM, and she and her husband were excited to learn they could support the Society by running.
This will be Kim’s second marathon, and Brett’s first. “He’s a reluctant runner,” Kim laughed. “This might be his first and last. He’s a helicopter pilot and site commander with a reserve unit at Norfolk. He’s helping the squadron transition to new aircraft. He’s been a Marine for 17 years and always wanted to run a MCM. He refers his Marines to the Society and we’ve been able to support the Society through charity allotments. It’s nice to know the resource is there.”
Kim and Brett emphasize that they’re running for fun and their goal is to finish. “It would be nice to do it in under five hours,” Kim said. “I think that’s reasonable. We’re not elite or anything. We just enjoy it.”
To prepare for the MCM, they’re following an online training plan, doing short and mid-distance runs during the week and long runs on the weekend. “Usually on the weekdays we run separately, but we try to run together on the weekends, working around the kids’ activities,” Kim said. “They’ve been great cheerleaders and we hope to inspire them a bit too. One of our kids is a serious runner and they all enjoy doing 5Ks and mud runs.”
Kim and Brett each committed to raising $500 for the Society through their marathon run. If you’d like to support their efforts, click here to donate: