Cary man runs Marine marathon in honor of son

Posted November 2, 2010
Updated November 3, 2010

— A Cary man ran a special marathon on Sunday in honor of his late son.

Steve Mitchell completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., in honor of Capt. David "Seth" Mitchell.

Mitchell, 30, was one of four Marines killed in October 2009 when two U.S. Marine helicopters – a UH-1 and a AH-1 Cobra – collided in flight over the southern province of Helmand in Afghanistan, military officials said.

Steve Mitchell and six others made up "Team Seth Mitchell" in the marathon. The team raised $7,100 for the TAPS program, which helps families impacted by a death in the military.

The grueling 26.2 miles took the team less than six hours to complete.


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  • brmeyer1 Nov 5, 2010

    As a proud Marine Mom I can only touch on the pain you must feel in your heart. God Bless you and your family.

  • Desiderata Nov 5, 2010

    Thank you to all veterans!

  • AF Flight Nurse Nov 3, 2010

    Thank you for reminding all of us real heroes exist: daddies, sons, brothers and uncles. This article is an awesome tribute to a Marine who set a good example for all of us!

  • braddavis Nov 3, 2010

    I ran it in 2009, and the entire mood of the marathon is like nothing I've ever experienced. You're running with former Marines, current Marines, injured Marines, and last year, a blind Marine finished right behind me. It moves you beyond words and to tears. Congrats to the team for remembering a fallen hero!

  • u stand corrected Nov 3, 2010

    You are all heros! Semper Fi!

  • appgrad95 Nov 3, 2010

    This brought a tear to my eye. You sir, as such an honorable father, and your son as a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice, are my heroes!

  • NavySrChiefswife Nov 3, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!! What a wonderful way to pay tribute to his son. Prayers to the family. RIP Seth, thank you for your service and sacrifice.