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Citadel News Service
30 Mar 2007

Marines gaining momentum as Cooper River Bridge Run nears

On Saturday Citadel Marines - instructors, active duty students and cadets - will run the Cooper River Bridge Run to raise awareness of the needs of Marines injured in Iraq and the struggles their families face as recovery begins.

You will know them by their red T-shirts, camouflage pants, boots and 55-lb backpacks. Also running with them will be Team Semper Fi, a team of wounded Marines from around the nation who plan to meet at the Bridge Run for the first time this year.

Both groups are attracting a lot of attention from local, state and national media for their efforts.

Following Saturday's bridge run, the Marines will present a check to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial assistance to wounded Marines and their families. As of Friday, The Citadel Marines has raised nearly $50,000 thanks to the generous contributions of Lowcountry residents and businesses.

To support the Marines, you can visit them:

  • At Second Presbyterian Church pasta dinner, 5-8 p.m. Friday. IMSFF reps will be there along with many others.
  • At the Race Expo at the Gaillard Auditorium. Cmdr. Richard Jadick is going to be their guest beginning at 2 p.m. Friday. He is the author of "On Call in Hell." It is a surgeon’s perspective on the Battle of Fallujah.
  • After the race Saturday morning at their booth on Marion Square just off the race route near the Embassy Suites Hotel.  

If you like to donate, please make checks payable to IMSFF and in the MEMO line write “Cooper River Bridge Run.” Checks should be mailed to The Citadel Naval ROTC Unit, C/O Capt. Matthew Kutilek, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409.

For questions, email Kutilek at or Staff Sgt. Mike Harris at

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