Global health service company Cigna is returning for a second year as presenting sponsor of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). The firm adds that its sponsorship is ‘to honour and thank US military members, veterans, and their families and to support health and wellness in the community.’
Now in its 44th year, and taking place on October 27, 2019, the MCM involves more than 30,000 runners and thousands of spectators. Hosted in the US nation’s capital with the start and finish in Arlington, VA, the Marine Corps Marathon passes the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery – finishing at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
“It’s a privilege to partner again with the Marine Corps Marathon to honour our brave military service men and women and their families,” said Brian Evanko, President, US government business, Cigna. “We are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the veterans and other athletes who are toeing the starting line this year, as we celebrate the power of the communities and support systems that got them to where they are today.”
Rick Nealis, Director, Marine Corps Marathon Organization, added “Cigna has demonstrated a sincere appreciation for the military community and a genuine commitment to veterans. Combined with their dedication to improving health for all, MCM participants and their supporters were rewarded with a staggering array of meaningful interactions and engagements with Cigna.”
In addition to serving as a presenting sponsor, Team Cigna runners will participate in the MCM and the MCM10K on October 27, 2019. This year, Cigna will sponsor more than 50 athletes to participate on Team Cigna from Achilles International, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities participate in mainstream athletic events.
Among the group, 40 athletes will participate as part of Achilles’ Freedom Team, an extension of the Achilles program dedicated to wounded members of the US military. Several Team Cigna employees will serve as guides to Achilles runners. Team Cigna, several hundred strong, will also include Cigna employees, executives, clients and partners.
Cigna also returns as the presenting sponsor of the MCM Health & Fitness Expo. The expo will feature Cigna’s cross-country Health Improvement Tour, which encourages individuals to understand that ‘whole person health means both body and mind’. The Health Improvement Tour will offer free onsite biometric screenings and guided meditation while guests await their screenings. To date, Cigna has provided more than 33,000 free screenings.
The tour mobile site will be at the two-day expo located at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on October 25-26, 2019. The Cigna Health Improvement Tour mobile unit will also be at the Finish Festival on October 27.
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), known as ‘The People’s Marathon’, promotes physical fitness and generates community goodwill while showcasing the high standards and discipline of the United States Marine Corps. Annually ranked as one of the largest marathons in the US and the world, the MCM welcomes runners from all 50 US states and more than 60 countries. The 44th MCM, coordinated by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO), is presented by Arlington County, Brooks, Cigna and Leidos. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.