The beef checkoff’s Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI) is proud to fuel runners at the 39th running of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, on Oct. 26, 2014. The beef checkoff is fielding a group of runners under the Team BEEF banner, as well as participating in various activities throughout the weekend including the first timers pep rally.

“Athletes everywhere are turning to lean beef as an invaluable component in their diet regimens to help with weight management, muscle development, immunity and cardiac health,” says Jennifer Orr, NEBPI director of public relations. “We’re proud to be a part this year’s Marine Corps Marathon and are excited to cheer on Team BEEF as they race to the finish.”

Members of Team BEEF at the Marine Corps Marathon include:


  • Todd Archibald, Mt Airy, MD
  • Michael Arney, Winchester, VA
  • John Bechtel, Euclid, OH
  • Matt Bell, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Wade Foster, Washington, DC
  • Lynn Furman, Katy, TX
  • Robert Furman, Katy, TX
  • April Graves, Poulsbo, WA
  • Candace Heskitt, Lansing, MI
  • Leigh Anne Heskitt, Lansing, MI
  • Jim Long, Round Rock, TX • Gwendolyn Ingoglia, Navarre, FL
  • Anna Luckenbach, Houston, TX
  • Rita McKenzie, Houston, TX
  • Karen Ostlund, Austin, TX
  • Ducci Quan, Falls Church, VA
  • Victor Rocha, Germantown, TN
  • Clint Stiles, Grimes, IA
  • Rachel Tambling, Mansfield Center, CT
  • Dylan Wallace, San Diego, CA
  • Javier Larrea, San Marcos, CA


The beef checkoff will be participating in several events throughout the weekend, including:

Health and Fitness Expo by GE – Oct. 23-25 at the DC Armory (2001 E Capitol Street SE) – Stop by The beef checkoff booth (#320) to learn more about the importance of beef in a runner’s diet. We’ll be giving out samples, playing games, making signs to cheer on runners, and answering questions. Our loveable mascot, Miss Patty Melt, will also be on hand to take pictures with her fans!

First Timers Pep Rally – Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Regency – We’re excited to have Fuel Your Passion Founder Kim Schwabenbauer, RD, CSSD, LDN, speaking on behalf of the checkoff during this year’s pep rally. In addition to her certifications as a registered dietitian, Kim is a USA Triathlon Coach and a professional triathlete.

MCM Kids Run – Oct. 25 at the Pentagon North Parking Lot in Arlington, VA – Bring your kids out to the MCM Kids Run to meet the NEBPI’s loveable mascot, Miss Patty Melt! She’ll also be making her way around the District while she’s in town, so be on the lookout for her. She loves pictures with new friends, so be sure to snap a selfie with her on Saturday or during the Marathon on Sunday to post on social media along with #BeefFuelsMCM.

For real-time updates on Team BEEF on Twitter during the Marine Corps Marathon, follow @NortheastBeef and #BeefFuelsMCM.

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