14th Annual Chesty Puller Memorial Twin Bridge 10K
On Saturday, June 25th, the Town of West Point held our 14th Annual Chesty Puller Memorial Twin Bridge 10K. This is one of our most favorite days of the year! We absolutely love your patriotism, the smiles on your faces as you cross the finish line, and the emotions expressed as you pay tribute to loved ones who have served.
The Town of West Point began hosting the Chesty Puller 10K fourteen years ago as a way to honor and celebrate the life of Lt. General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller. Born June 26th, 1898, across from the York River on 1st Street in downtown West Point, Puller grew up hunting and listening to tales of the Civil War told by his relatives. He enjoyed reading countless books of military tales and history. “His military career began inauspiciously”  but led him to become the most decorated Marine in American history, and the only Marine to receive five Navy Crosses. For details about his impressive and legendary military career, visit his biography at Brittanica.com. We also encourage you to read the article 5 Reasons Why Chesty Puller is a Marine Corps Legend at Military.com. To this day, men and women of the armed forces name Lt. General Chesty Puller as one of the main reasons why they chose to enlist in the United States military.
We would like to take a moment to say thank you to a group of amazing people and organizations who ensured our event ran smoothly. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for keeping our participants happy and hydrated, our dedicated Town staff for organizing our event, the Rotary Club of West Point for providing celebratory beverages, the Knights of Columbus for providing your famous BBQ and mac-n-cheese, our local law enforcement and emergency services agencies for keeping us all safe—West Point Police Department, West Point Volunteer Fire Department, King and Queen Sheriff’s Office, King William County Sheriff’s Office, and Kew Kent County Sheriff’s Office, our race partner EnMotive for running and organizing our race and results, Ashworth Awards for bringing our Finisher Medal and One More for Chesty Coin designs to life, and LaserUS LLC for offering engraving services for our medals. Thank you to all of our fantastic sponsors for supporting this year's 10K—WestRock, Town of West Point, C&F Bank, Milby Oil Co., Pamunkey Regional Library, Wyatt-Ogg Furniture, West Point Volunteer Fire Department, Valero of West Point, Sears Real Estate Appraisals, Xtra 99.1 FM, Historical Society of West Point, Thrift Insurance, West Point Police Department, Marine Corps League, 1420AM I 102.3FM Good Time Oldies, Baylands Family Credit Union, Mennel, Farm Credit, The Autospa of West Point, and NAPA Auto Parts.
And finally, a huge and heartfelt thank you to our nearly 170 Chesty Puller 10K participants who chose to spend your day with us. We know you have many options when it comes to races around Virginia and beyond, and we are honored that you chose the 14th Annual Chesty Puller 10K.
In addition to Finish Line photos taken by our race partner, EnMotive, our town photographer captured these special moments for you. The smiles, hugs, high fives, and emotions on your faces tell the incredible story of the day, and we hope you enjoy these memories for years to come.
Make sure you save the date of Saturday, June 24th, 2023 for our 15th Annual Chesty Puller Memorial Twin Bridge 10K!
Photo Gallery: 14th Annual Chesty Puller Memorial Twin Bridge10K