Real Name: Steve Bozeman
Birthday: Sep 12, 1946
I was born
September 12, 1946 in Montgomery, Alabama and have lived in Lynchburg, Va.
for 32 years. I’ve been married to my
wife, Debbie, for seventeen years and we have five adult children and six grandchildren. I retired in 2004 after 30 years with
I enlisted in the United
States Marine Corps in January 1966 and went to boot camp at Parris Island,
S.C. After infantry training at Camp Geiger, N.C.,
I spent four months training to be an aircraft and helicopter mechanic. I
served two years in Vietnam
as a helicopter mechanic and machine door gunner and was awarded two Purple
Hearts for combat wounds. I received 18
Air Medals and Navy Commendation Medal (w/combat “V” for heroism) and was
honorably discharge in 1970. The Marine
Corps instilled physical fitness in me and I continued running to stay in shape
after my Honorable discharge.
I started my running career
in January 1966 when I joined the Marines I ran my first 26.2 mile marathon in 1978, which now totals 190. In addition, I’ve ran 75 ultra-marathons (any
race distance over 26.2 miles) and five one hundred milers. I’ve completed over 90 triathlons (swim,
bike, run) and I hold the American record of having completed fifteen (15) Double Ironman Triathlons (swim 4.8
miles, bike 224 miles and run 52.4 miles continuously). My wife, Debbie, and I completed together
the 2004 Hawaii
Ironman World Championship in Kona.
In 1987, I started carrying
the large U. S. flag (3’ x 5’) in the Virginia 10-Miler and the Marine Corps
Marathon in D.C. and have continued the tradition since with a Marine carrying
the USMC flag side by side the whole distance. The reason was not only to show my patriotism and pride of being a
Marine, but to honor and remember those 58,219 servicemen who served and died
in Vietnam. I’m very fortunate and thankful to be alive
today and able to run.
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