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City employees train for Marine Corps Marathon

By Staff | Jul 31, 2017

Natural Resources Director James Evans and Sanibel Police Department Major Anthony Thompson.

On Oct. 22, two City of Sanibel employees, Director James Evans and Major Anthony Thompson, will participate in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in Arlington, Virginia. The Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the U.S. and the world and is known as “The Peoples Marathon” since it celebrates the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers, rather than offering prize money.

Both Evans and Thompson are excited to compete in their first marathons for their respective teams.

Evans, the City of Sanibel Natural Resources director, is an avid runner, triathlete, and has completed numerous races including several half marathons and a half ironman. Evans, a US Army veteran, achieved the rank of sergeant and has held positions: M1 Abrams Tank Crewman and Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Crewman. He will be running the marathon as a member of Team Red, White, and Blue, a veterans group whose mission is to enrich the lives of American veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

To prepare for this race, Evans runs five days a week with one long run each week. He is currently averaging 20 to 30 miles per week and will incrementally increase mileage as the race approaches.

Evans has been employed by the city since 2000. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida Gulf Coast University in environmental science.

Thompson is a major of the Sanibel Police Department. He has run a number of half marathons and is excited to take part in his first marathon with his fellow “Leathernecks.” Thompson is a Marine Corps veteran who has held the following positions: Infantry/Patrol Squad Leader, 81mm Mortar Crewman, Military Customs inspector, and Regimental Supply Fiscal Chief.

Thompson will be running the Marine Corps Marathon with Medals of Honor, an organization operated by volunteers who are dedicated to honoring the memory and sacrifice of our fallen military veterans and their family.

To prepare for the MCM, Thompson runs about 5 to 7 miles a day, five days a week, with one long run day.

Thompson started his city employment in 1994. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida Gulf Coast University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in organizational leadership.