WASHINGTON-On your marks.Get set.Go! After a 15-year hiatus, NAFCU Director of Planning, Programming & Special Projects Joe Boyle ran in the 27th U.S. Marine Corps Marathon Sunday, October 27. He credits the 2002 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler with re-peaking his interest in a running routine. “It was a long time between marathons, but it was a challenge that got me motivated,” Boyle said. During his 21 years in the Marines, he ran five marathons, including three Marine Corps marathons. Boyle returned to training at the start of 2002 and captained one of the two NAFCU teams in the Cherry Blossom race. “I was very impressed with all the teams that turned out for [the Marine Corps] marathon: Aids Walk, St. Jude’s Medical Center, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, among others,” Boyle explained. “It was an exciting day with a lot of people; 21,400 had signed up to run the `People’s Marathon.’ Everyone was focused on one goal and that was to finish. As you could expect, some finish faster than others!” Boyle’s family and neighbors were there to cheer him on during the more than 26-mile race and even discovered a large sign in his front yard that a neighbor had left telling him “Run Fast and Good Luck.” He emphasized that the support he received made his efforts worthwhile. Boyle’s time was four hours and 44 minutes. Boyle has worked at NAFCU for more than 12 years after retiring from the Marines in 1989. He has been a member of Navy Federal Credit Union for more than 30 years and is also a member of Congressional Federal Credit Union and National Capital Federal Credit Union. [email protected]

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