The Marine Corps Mamas met while training for the 1990 and 1991 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington. More than 20 years later, they still gather every Saturday morning for a 5- to 7-mile walk and potluck breakfast. Rain or shine, the group has set out on a journey from Grace Cunningham's house in Timonium every week for about 12 years.
"In the years we have been together, one friend moved away, two others have joined us," Cunningham said in an email. "Four of us lost our mothers, two of those four also lost fathers. Four were married. One became a grandmother, another survived
Although the group now also engages in a book club,
"We know that the exercise is very important for a healthy life and feeling good, and we know that we support each other," Cunningham said. "And when you make a promise and you're dedicated to a group, you do it."