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Memorial Trail Race Empowers MCL Mission to Veterans

More than 70 individuals, ranging in age from 9 to 73, turned out to compete in the Cpl. William B. Fulks 5K & 10K Memorial Race at the Meeks Mountain Trails at Hurricane City Park on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

The participants are competitors who enjoy both running and giving. Cpl. William B. Fulks Detachment #1474 of the Marine Corps League was the beneficiary of their participation.

Proceeds from the race and sponsorships will empower Detachment #1474 to continue to fulfill its mission of service to all veterans and their families.

Detachment #1474 was chartered in honor of Cpl. Fulks who died from second and third degree burns and massive internal injuries which were incurred during combat operations in Anbar Province, Iraq, in 2006. Cpl. Fulks was a member of the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He grew up in Milton and attended Cabell Midland High School and Marshall University.

Cpl. Fulks’ mother Kim Adams and father William Fulks were present at the race to thank runners and hand out engraved medallions.

Members of Detachment 1474 pose with Cpl. William B. Fulks’ mother Kim Adams and father Williuam Fulks.
Female 5K winners pictured with plaques fashioned by Bear Wood Company of Hurricane (l-r): Jennifer Elphick, Laura Bradley, and Katie Doerner.
Third place 5K female finisher Katie Doerner (center) crossed the finish line a few steps ahead of 1st place 10K winner Andrew Dawson. Dawson’s 10K time was 51:27.4. Katie ran the 5K in 41:27.6.
William Fulks receives the Distinguished Citizen Award from Detachment Commandant Will Miller (right) and Paymaster Jim McDade (left).
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