An experienced attorney, J. Christopher (Chris) Llinas currently operates his own private practice in Ocean Pines, Maryland. When he isn’t working, he regularly participates in marathons across the United States. Chris Llinas most recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015.
Founded by retired U.S. Marine Colonel Jim Fowler, the Marine Corps Marathon had four specific goals: to showcase the abilities of the Marine Corps, to serve as a recruiting tool, to promote goodwill in the community, and to help Marines qualify for the Boston Marathon. The first Marine Corps Marathon took place in Washington, D.C., on November 7, 1976. At the time, the U.S. military looked to the event as a way to garner positive public attention in the wake of the Vietnam War.
Each of the event’s 994 runners paid $2 to compete on the route through the U.S. capital. Olympian Kenneth Moore became the first winner of the Marine Corps Marathon when he crossed the finish line with a time of 2:21:14. The first woman to finish was Susan Mallery of Arlington, Virginia.