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Stafford County School Student Recognized as 529th Finisher in Semper 5ive


Presented $100 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Starter Certificate

QUANTICO, VA (September 17, 2018) – Marine Corps Historic Half sponsor, Virginia529 and their mascot, Tuition Monster, presented Colin Richardson with the 529th finisher award for his participation in the 2018 Semper 5ive event on May 20 in Fredericksburg, VA.  The 9-year-old student completed the five mile run averaging just over 12-minute miles to complete the Semper 5ive in 1:02:54, earning a $100 Virginia 529 Plan starter account.

Richardson is a Fourth Grade student at Grafton Village Elementary School in Stafford, VA, but already has his sights on George Mason University where he plans to become a geneticist.

“I would like to be a professional soccer player when I grow up,” said Richardson.  “Or maybe a geneticist.”

When asked his favorite part of the Semper 5ive course, the well-spoken student shows impressive patriotism.

“I was inspired to run the Semper 5ive by my best friend Isiah, who had completed the event the year before,” explained Richardson.  “When I was out there this year, I ran to honor the U.S. Marines and what they do for our country.”

Richardson’s father Tyler, an English teacher at King George High School, provides additional inspiration, having completed the Devil Dog Double and Marine Corps Marathon several times.  On hand to support Colin in receiving his award were the Tuition Monster, Tyler Robinson, and Grafton Village ES Principal, Michael Sidebotham.

The Marine Corps Historic Half, established in 2008, annually is held in Fredericksburg, VA hosts 10,000 runners participating in half marathon, five-mile, and 18.1-mile distance events. Considered “the greatest half marathon in history,” the event boasts a course featuring landmarks dating back to our nation’s beginnings and the early homes of Presidents George Washington and James Monroe.

About Virginia529 College Savings Plan: Virginia529 makes higher education more accessible and affordable for families and individuals. With more than $71 billion in assets under management and 2.6 million accounts as of June 30, 2018, Virginia529 is the largest 529 plan available. Three flexible, affordable, tax-advantaged programs–Prepaid529SM , Invest529SM and CollegeAmerica®–and early commitment scholarship program SOAR Virginia® assist students of any age in reaching their higher education goals. For more information on Virginia529’s college savings options, visit or call 1-888-567-0540 to obtain program materials. These include information on Virginia529 programs, investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other important information; read and consider them carefully before investing. All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest.  Virginia529 encourages prospective participants to seek the advice of a professional concerning any financial, tax or legal implications related to opening an account. For residents of states other than Virginia: your state or the beneficiary’s state of residence (if different) may sponsor a 529 plan that offers state income tax and other benefits not available to you through Virginia529 College Savings Plan. ©2018 Virginia College Savings Plan. All Rights Reserved.

The Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region-Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCINCR-MCBQ) conducts the MCM through a series of events organized around the sport of running, showcasing physical fitness and generating community goodwill in order to promote the high standards and discipline of the Marine Corps. #RunWithTheMarines.