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Boom Nutrition Announces Energy Gel Partnership with 2018 Marine Corps Marathon

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Boom Nutrition Announces Energy Gel Partnership with 2018 Marine Corps Marathon

The Marine Corps Marathon Organization announced that Boom Nutrition’s great tasting CarbBoom! Energy Gels® will be its featured on-course Energy Gel for the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon on October 28, 2018.

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Carb Boom! Energy Gels® are well known for their great taste and unbeatable endurance performance. They are made with real fruit concentrates and purees and are rich in complex carbohydrates that deliver a steady energy release without the risk of an upset stomach.  Marathoners, triathletes, cyclists, runners and other endurance athletes love Carb Boom! Energy Gel’s six delicious flavors and appreciate the fact that they do not contain any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, are gluten-free, dairy free and vegan-friendly.

"This is the first year we have been part of this exciting iconic event and the entire Boom! Team is excited to deliver the best on-course nutrition to more than 30,000 race participants. Marathon runners need in-race fueling to perform at their best, and Carb Boom! Energy Gels® provide endurance athletes with a perfect formula that’s high in complex carbs, is easy on the stomach and won’t cause GI distress or unscheduled trips to the port-o-john,” said Tony Lammers, CEO of Boom Nutrition. “Marine Corps Marathon offers a great athlete experience, and we are happy to contribute.  From start to finish, Carb Boom! Energy Gels® are part of an endurance athletes’ complete nutrition plan.”

Carb Boom! Energy Gels will be featured at two food stations located at miles 13 and 23 of the MCM course.

“This is the start of a significant new partnership that will add flavor and fuel to the Marine Corps Marathon experience,” said Rick Nealis, MCMO Director.

Boom Nutrition Inc. is a sports nutrition company based in a Cleveland, Ohio, that develops and delivers nutrition products that improve the performance of endurance athletes everywhere. Known worldwide for its great taste and great performance, CarbBoom! Energy Gels® are the official Energy Gel of endurance events everywhere.  For more information about CarbBoom! Energy Gels®, go to

Marine Corps Marathon ( is ranked annually as one of the largest marathons in the USA and the world, and has been recognized as "Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic", "Best for Families" and Best for Beginners".  Runners from all 50 states and more than 60 countries participate in MCN and an annual calendar of event including the Marine Corps Historic Half in Frederickburg, VA in May and the MCM Event Series conducted aboard the Marine Corps Base Quantico.  Organized by the men and women of The United States Marine Corps, the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, instead celebrating the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers.

No federal or Marine Corps endorsement implied.


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Boom ambassador Desta Beriso Morkama wins the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon

Looking good in his CarbBoom Energy Gel Apple Cinnamon race kit, friend of Boom! and Boom Nutrition Sponsored Athlete Desta Morkama won the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC in a time of 2:25:14.  A member of the Ethiopian Oromo minority group, Morkama came to Arlington last year to escape persecution and quickly established himself on the northern Virginia road racing scene. After recovering from an earlier quad injury, he picked up his training and racing in the last few months, including wins at the Annapolis 10 Miler and Parks Half Marathon, though he also won the Lower Potomac River Marathon in March and the Potomac River Run (May) and Abebe Bikila Day International Peace (September) marathons on the C&O Canal Towpath.

“I’m very excited about this,” Desta  said. “I worked very hard to win this race.”

Despite his 2:13:48 marathon PR from 2013, Morkama often relies on his kick to wins races, but that wasn’t possible at Marine Corps, as confusion in the first mile threw much of the leading Marine Corps Marathon pack into chaos, but Desta eventually overcame a nearly-two-minute deficit, and up to an extra half mile, to win in 2:25:14   Throughout the race, his expression telegraphed the intensity of someone who knew the race wasn’t over before he crossed the finish line.

“I was way back,” Morkama said. “I had to push the whole race to catch up.”