Cadet: Elizabeth Brown
Age: 26 | City: Los Angeles, Calif.
Elizabeth started running two years ago, when some friends suggested running a half marathon together. “Knowing it was for a great cause and a fun activity to do with friends motivated me—and I have been hooked since crossing that finish line,” she says.
She decided to move up to the marathon when her cousin, Navy Diver First Class James Reyher, was killed in a training exercise earlier this year at the age of 28. “I want to run a marathon to honor him and all of our servicemen’s hard word and dedication,” Brown says. “I want to push my mind body and soul to the limit like James did. It is far too easy to get distracted by the every day hustle and bustle, but I think a partner to train with will help me stay focused on the goal.”
Vet: Marina White
Age: 27 | City: Irvine, Calif.
In addition to her goal of helping Elizabeth to the finish line, Marina has a personal goal she expects to accomplish this year—finish her quest to run a marathon in all 50 states. She just finished number 46 and has plans for four more states before the end of the year. That will take her marathon total to 140—an impressive feat at any age but remarkable for someone so young. “It is great to see the enthusiasm and dedication of first timers,” she says. “I know I can get to the finish line, and it’s fun to have a partner to work with and focus on a training program to get there strong.”