June 2018

Cigna to Sponsor 2018 Marine Corps Marathon

Cigna is proud to announce that we’ve joined the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon® (MCM) as a presenting sponsor. Cigna honors and thanks U.S. military members, veterans and their families. We support health and wellness in the community. The MCM has traditionally been recognized for the enthusiastic dedication demonstrated by the more than 30,000 runners participating in the historic 26.2-mile journey through the nation’s capital.

“Cigna's Marine Corps Marathon sponsorship reflects our gratitude for the service of military men and women, and for the sacrifices made by their families,” said David M. Cordani, President and CEO of Cigna. “I am awed by the sheer force of the human spirit and by what each person can achieve with the support of a strong and caring community – both of which are on full display during the Marine Corps Marathon.”

“The Marine Corps Marathon is a celebratory event that recognizes the honor, courage and commitment of both the runners and the Marines. Cigna is an ideal partner in this mission. Renowned leaders in the health care field, Cigna has demonstrated an on-going and sincere appreciation for the military community and the veterans who have served our country,” said Rick Nealis, Director, Marine Corps Marathon Organization.

In support of its mission to improve the health, well-being and sense of security of the people and communities it serves, Cigna will also be the presenting sponsor of the MCM Health & Fitness Expo. Cigna's cross-country Go. Know. Take Control® Health Improvement Tour will have its mobile clinic on site to provide free individual health screenings for four key numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels and Body Mass Index (BMI). Health coaches will also be on site at the Expo to explain to people what their numbers mean and to offer next steps to managing health. The two-day Expo is located at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on Oct. 26-27, 2018. The Cigna Health Improvement Tour mobile unit will also be at the Finish Festival on October 28th.

In addition to serving as a presenting sponsor, Team Cigna runners will participate in the MCM and the MCM10K on Oct. 28, 2018. The team will include Cigna employees, executives, clients and partners, including Achilles International, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities participate in mainstream athletic events. Several Team Cigna employees will serve as guides to Achilles runners. Cigna employees will also serve as MCM event volunteers.

Cigna's sponsorship of the Marine Corps Marathon adds to an array of Cigna initiatives designed to encourage health and wellness while showing support for veterans nationwide. For example, Cigna offers a National Veteran Support Line for veterans, their families, and caregivers – available at no cost at 855-244-6211, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Cigna also organizes mindfulness groups exclusively for veterans. These groups are designed to reduce stress and help people relax. The Cigna Foundation has provided grant funding to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to help expand its Rapid Response Referral Program.

In addition, Cigna has earned the designation as a Military Friendly® Employer by Victory Media. We have a dedicated Colleague Resource Group that focuses on the needs of employees and customers who are veterans, as well as veterans and their caregivers within the communities where Cigna operates.

About Marine Corps Marathon Organization:

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), known as “The People’s Marathon,” promotes physical fitness and generates community goodwill while showcasing the high standards and discipline of the United States Marine Corps. Annually ranked as one of the largest marathons in the world, the MCM welcomes runners from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. The 43rd MCM, coordinated by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO), will be held Oct. 28, 2018 in Arlington, VA. The MCM is presented by Arlington County, Brooks, Cigna, and Leidos. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. #RunWithTheMarines