Virtual Boston Marathon: Sept. 12 - 7:00 a.m.
Click here for the run route starting from Veterans' Park to
79 Foreside Rd., Topsham, Maine
“The world cannot come to Boston this year, so we will bring the Boston Marathon to the world through a virtual experience that captures the spirit, community, and celebration of the race,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O of the B.A.A. “The 124th Boston Marathon Virtual Experience will allow participants to be part of Boston Marathon history."
Due to the cancellation of the April 20, 2020 Boston Marathon, our plan to run the marathon and raise money for the American Legion Foundation has changed. With the race being moved to September and now being a virtual race, we have the opportunity to make this Boston Marathon an American Legion Family experience.
he marathon has to be completed within 24 hours, but there is no other time limit for the completion of the 26.2 miles. With that giving us more flexibility, we would like to split the race up into 6 sections, one for each branch of the military (possibly add in flags representing the different parts of the American legion organizations) and finish with the American flag. During the beginning of each section, the runner will carry the flag for that branch of military, a cadence will be called, and other runners could join in during their chosen section.
Section 1: Start of race, Veterans Memorial Park Lewiston, ME
Coast Guard (Auxiliary)
Section 2: Mile 5 Robinson Corner, Crowley and Grove st. Sabattus, ME
Air Force (Riders)
Section 3: Mile 10 Bowdoinham RD and rt 125 Lisbon Falls, ME
Marine Corps (Sons)
Section 4: Mile 15 Bowdoin Central School, Main St/ Rt125 Bowdoin, ME
Section 5: Mile 20 Public Boat Launch Rt 24 Bowdoinham, ME
Section 6:Mile 26 Finish race Post 202, 79 Foreside RD Topsham, ME
Each beginning section of the race can be videoed live for followers to view and show support. Donations can be made at any time through the gofundme account. Anyone that donates can have their names entered in a drawing for their desired section of the race to win the flag that was carried. Those donations can be called Flags for our Veterans, reminding people the donations are going to American Legion programs that help veterans when they are in need. People may also choose to donate before the race for the chance to choose a cadence for a certain section of the race. Those donations can be called Jukebox Cadence, reminding people donations are going to American Legion programs that support youth mentoring. Everyone that previously donated can choose what donation category they would like to be entered for. The race will be finished with the American flag crossing the finish line and the person with the largest donation will receive that flag.
Fighting to the Finish Line, for the Foundation
Matthew Jabaut and Caroline Yarmala are organizing this fundraiser on behalf of American Legion Department of Maine Foundation. Donations are 100% tax deductible.
Please join Team Caroline as she fights to the finish line of the Boston Marathon to benefit the American Legion Department of Maine Foundation by clicking here to place your contribution today to a cause that means so much! If you prefer to donate by check, please make payable to the American Legion Department of Maine Foundation earmarked "Marathon Run". Mail check to American Legion Department of Maine Foundation, 5 Verti Drive, Winslow, Me. 04901-0727.
MARATHON- Why I Run:
I run to feel the Music
I run to feel the fresh Air
I run to forget the Rage
I run to forget the Anxiety
I run to embrace the Time
I run to embrace the Honor
I run to remember the Oath
I run to remember the Need
I run this MARATHON for the future of the Maine American Legion
~ Caroline Yarmala
A unique opportunity and the bonds of family and friends give way to a hope for the future.
Caroline followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the Navy to serve our country. In 2005 she left home and was stationed in Gulfport, MS with (Seabee Battalion) NBCB 1 for five years of active duty.
In 2010 she moved back to reunite with her family in the beautiful state of Maine. A few years later she found a new way to continue her service by joining the American Legion at Post 202 in Topsham. The Maine American Legion Family gave her a renewed sense of comradery and taught her about the programs that could help support other veterans and their families in times of need, as well as aid youth in their time of growth.
In 2019 an American Legion friend, inspired by her own father’s service, offered Caroline the opportunity for a unique life experience and way to raise money for the great American Legion programs. A daughter of the American Legion, inspired by her father’s military service and continued dedication with the American Legion, has honored Caroline with an invitational bib to the 2020 Boston marathon.
With this great honor, Caroline will fight to the finish line to raise money for the American Legion Department of Maine Foundation.
She has been training for this endeavor with hard work and commitment; motivated by her father as her training coach and supported by the American Legion family.
But she still needs your help with donations to meet our goal for the American Legion Department of Maine Foundation, to fight to the finish line and fund the future of these extraordinary programs.
Please join Team Caroline as she fights to the finish line of the Boston Marathon for the American Legion Department of Maine Foundation.
We are raising money to benefit the American Legion Department of Maine Foundation, and your donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much!
More information about American Legion Department of Maine Foundation: The American Legion Department of Maine Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization exclusively for charitable purposes including the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations. The Foundation's mission is to provide resources to programs and services of The American Legion, Department of Maine that will enhance the lives of our veterans, their families, children and communities in the State of Maine today and for future generations.