(Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 edition)

Pictured above is USMC ‘Leatherneck’, Edward Layne, left, with his granddaughter, Kierstynn Conley. Layne recently ran the MCM (virtual) course, which began between mile marker 30 and 31 on US Highway 27 North, near the Roane County/Rhea County line, and ended at his house in the Mountain View neighberhood, off Old Graysville Road,  in Dayton.

Layne, who is 75 years old, had set a goal of completing the marathon under five hours and he achieved it with a time of 4:58:13.

According to Layne, two years ago, Kierstynn Conley ran the USMC (MCM) in honor of her brother, Corporal Tyler Conley (grandson), in Washington DC. All family went with her for the marathon. “I told Kierstynn after the marathon that I would start running and get into shape to run with her at the MCM this year. We both qualified for the MCM this year,” said Layne.

This year, the MCM 26.2 was canceled due to COVID-19, so the Marine Corps rolled every qualifier to 2021 and also gave them the opportunity to run this year (2020) marathon (virtual). Kierstynn and Layne ran the MCM virtually on Oct. 31, 2020.

To see more of Layne’s story, including his veteran story, he participated in The Herald-News’ Veterans Day video series, which can be view at www.rheaheraldnews.com or you can also check it out on our Facebook page.