Dr. Odom completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. this past Sunday, October 28. Here are his comments and takeaways from the experience:
The 2012 marine corp marathon went great. I was excited to finish and doubly excited that we got out of DC before Sandy hit. Wanted to say a huge thank you to all our supporters, the wounded warrior project is a great cause. The race, course and soldiers were a vivid reminder of what makes this country great. You see soldiers running in full uniform or armor piercing equipment or without limbs, you see family and friends running with the names and faces of fallen loved ones on their backs, its very emotional and makes one very grateful.
One of my favorite sayings from the race was, “OORAH!!” One definition is:
Marine Corps response in the affirmative and as a cheer and to signify that a Marine is ready for action.
Started with Marine Amphibious units during the Korean War in 1953. Many Marines had to be delivered to shore by means of submarine. On US Submarines the klaxon alarm sounds when the vessel is about to dive with its classic “Aoogah” sound. When Marines on the submarine heard this distinctive sound it usually meant that they were about to go into battle on shore very soon. It soon became shortened to “Oorah” and signified that a Marine was battle-ready.
It was popularized during the 80s and 90s. “Get some!”
So as you face your challenges, think of those who have faced challenges as well and join in the chorus “OORAH!!”