QUANTICO, Va. - (April 4, 2011) - Comedian and "The Price is Right" game show host Drew Carey will make his half-marathon debut at the Marine Corps Historic Half on Sunday, May 15 in Fredericksburg, VA. Carey announced his plans to run in a March 14 tweet. In addition to running, Carey also will serve as the official starter of the half-marathon event, organized by the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM).
Carey, who is celebrating his dramatic weight loss, will join 8,000 Historic Half participants on the 13.1 mile run through the scenic and historic City of Fredericksburg.
Known for his trademark buzz cut and black wide-rim glasses, Carey is a former U.S. Marine corporal who served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1981 to 1987. He was a communications center operator serving with the 4th Marine Division in Las Vegas and Cleveland.
"The Marines are proud Drew Carey is making the Marine Corps Historic Half his first half-marathon event," says MCM Director Rick Nealis. "His participation is certain to inspire others to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle."
Host of the CBS game show "The Price is Right" for the past five seasons, and creator, producer and host of "Drew Carey's IMPROV-A-GANZA" on GSN, Carey got his start in comedy with appearances in comedy clubs and on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Carey has had the distinction of having two hit television shows simultaneously, "The Drew Carey Show," which ran from 1995 to 2004, and the improvisational show "Who's Line Is It Anyway?".
The Marine Corps Historic Half marathon is located halfway between the nation's capital in Washington, DC and the capital of the Commonwealth of Richmond, VA. The Marine Corps Historic Half marathon is coordinated by organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). The 2011 Historic Half marathon is sponsored by New Balance, Geico and Mary Washington Healthcare. More information about the Historic Half and other MCM events is available at: www.marinemarathon.com