As many of you know, the Boston Marathon is a Marquis family tradition. Tim has completed the Boston marathon 4 times. Tim, Kayla, and their families have enthusiastically volunteered at the pre-race Boston Marathon festivities for countless years. Kayla, a recently commissioned officer in the Maine Air National Guard and Tim, a 35-year veteran to the Maine Air National Guard, are honored to participate in this event in memory of fallen service members, police, firefighters and EMTs while raising funds to support military families in times of need.
Tim and Kayla will be walking in honor of Captain Andreas O’Keeffe an HH-60G helicopter rescue-pilot with the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard. He was one of seven Airmen who died when their helicopter crashed in northern Iraq on March 15, 2018. Capt O’Keeffe was also a member of the 745th Special Operations Squadron and the 45th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron. Tim and Capt O’Keeffe were part of both of these squadrons and flew together in Florida at Hurlbert AFB while training in the RC-26 Aircraft, and while deployed to Afghanistan. Capt O’Keeffe was a very dedicated military member who wanted to serve our country and protect our freedoms.
On April 14th Tim and Kayla will Ruck a 26.2 mile course and carry the names of fallen fellow comrades. The ruck will start in Concord, Massachusetts on the original trails of the Revolutionary War. Tough Ruck is the only Ruck partnered with the Boston Marathon and finishers are awarded the official Boston Marathon Medals and receive recognition from the Boston Athletic Association.