Olympic Gold Medalist Visits USCG Sector Delaware Bay - Philadelphia Teams

By Mike Lane - American300 Public Affairs 

Philadelphia, PA – 11/1/14 - For the past 5 years the nonprofit American300 has joined forces with the city of Philadelphia connecting service members stationed at the US Army Garrison Bavaria - Hohenfels, Germany, with the city of Brotherly and Sisterly Love during the Philadelphia Marathon race week.

A new chapter opens as American300 in partnership with the Honorable Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia and his office, focuses on the 750 service members assigned to protecting and serving the metropolitan area and it’s waterways this year. 

 “After 5 years of traveling to Germany to bring the Philadelphia Marathon to the troops, it’s going to be great to focus things a little closer to home,” said Robi Powers, founder of American300 and emcee of the Philadelphia Marathon along with Mayor Michael Nutter.  Powers adds, “I’m super excited to have a fellow American300 volunteer, joining me this year in connecting the event with service members.”  

Instead of traveling alone in the days leading up to the race weekend, Powers will have Olympic and World Champion Dan Beery, who resides in the Philadelphia area, joining him as part of the team.  Beery, who moved to Philadelphia immediately after college, spent years working with national team coach Ted Nash, in Philadelphian prior to making the Men’s Eight squad for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games. It was during these games that Beery and his teammates set an Olympic record enroute to capturing the prized Men’s Eight Olympic gold medal.  

“I’ve traveled all over the world with American300, visiting men and women of our armed forces along with their families, but I’ve never spent time with the US Coast Guard,” says Beery, adding “These dedicated men and women are always on duty ready to respond at a moment’s notice, always willing to sacrifice their own lives so that others may live. It’s going to be a huge honor to share my Olympic experience and gold medal with these Guardians.” 

Hosted the third Sunday of November, the Philadelphia Marathon ranks in the top ten of the nation’s largest marathons with over 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers. Race Weekend 2014 begins on Friday, November 21 and will culminate on Sunday, November 23. Race Weekend activities include the Health & Fitness Expo, Rothman Institute 8K, and Kids Fun Run—all leading up to the GORE-TEX® Marathon and Half Marathon races on Sunday.

For more information on the all-volunteer nonprofit efforts of American300 please visit: www.American300.org. The nonprofit has a mission of increasing the resiliency of our Service Members, Their Families and the areas in which they live and operate.  

For more on the Philadelphia Marathon visit:  www.philadelphiamarathon.com 

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