War wounds didn't deter these Marine Corps Marathon runners

Julia LeDoux
October 28, 2019 - 3:13 pm
Peacor, Jimenez

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The Band of Brothers is always there for each other, and that couldn’t be more evident than during this year’s Marine Corps Marathon, held Sunday in Washington, D.C.

During the rain-soaked event, former Marine Rick Peacor paired up with injured fellow Marine Manny Jimenez to run the 6.2-mile course.

“It’s an awesome opportunity,” Peacor said of the race. “It’s also a lot of work.”

Jimenez lost his arm at the shoulder due to an improvised explosive device in August of 2010.  That injury doesn’t define who he is, though. To date, Jimenez has run 50 marathons and will run the New York Marathon Nov. 3. 

“He’s a beast,” said Peacor of Jimenez. “He does five marathons a year and has been doing them for the past 10 years.”

Peacor served in the Corps during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and now works as an exercise specialist and physical activity coordinator at Cigna. He’s also a member of Cigna’s Veterans Employee Resource Group.

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Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville was an infantryman on his third deployment when a roadside bomb exploded near him in Afghanistan in 2008, causing him to lose his leg. But that did not diminish his love of running nor his desire to compete in the MCM 10K.  He ran this year alongside Cigna guides, Stephen Cassell and Michelle Gonzalez. 

“We just had fun with it,” said Granville. “I said we have to do 100 push-ups today and after every mile marker we hit, we did 15 push-ups. After we crossed the finish line, we did 10 more and that equals up to 100.”

Granville ran the New York Marathon last year in honor of Sen. John McCain and also runs in honor of his twin brother, who served in the Pennsylvania National Guard and died by suicide in 2008.

Granville speaks in prisons and before military groups about mental health issues while holding a cinder block as a visible reminder that you don’t need to carry your problems alone.  

The MCM held three races on Sunday – the 10K, the 2602 mile marathon and the 50K.

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