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Meet Christopher Hampton

Like his brother Ben, Christopher Hampton grew up in Natick, Massachusetts. While he followed in the footsteps of his older brother and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at 17 years old, the decision was entirely his own.

It was at his brother’s boot camp graduation ceremony where Christopher realized the military was the future he wanted. He felt an indescribable energy that filled the base; “A sense of pride, commitment and community that was overwhelming. After experiencing that, and seeing what the United States Marine Corps represented, I knew I had found my path,” Hampton says.

Over his five year enlistment from 2004 to 2009, Hampton served as KC-130J Crew Chief, and he earned the rank of Sergeant. He spent two years stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where he assisted in humanitarian missions for both the Philippines and Burma. After some time serving on home soil in North Carolina, Hampton was deployed in late 2008 to the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan as part of a Marine air ground task force. It was there he supported troop transport, battlefield illumination, logistics runs, Angel Flights, and in-flight refugings. He merited Combat Aircrew Wings for his efforts, and three Air Medals.

“I was a team member who did my job, in supporting the USMC operations and serving my country.”

Upon returning home to Natick, Hampton pursued and completed his bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College. He began work as a fireman and also went back to Framingham State for his Master’s in Public Administration. He has recently transferred over to the Natick Fire Department and will represent Natick in his leg of the Relay. Benjamin also returned home from the service and is working as a fireman for the Wellesley Fire Department. The two brothers and their families are very close.

Hampton’s ties to the Boston Marathon are strong. He ran the Boston Marathon in 2015. The course practically runs through his backyard and in front of the fire station at which he works. The community’s sense of tradition, energy, and pride every year during marathon season is similar to what Hampton felt stepping foot on the military base all those years ago.

For all his personal ties to the marathon, Hampton will run from Natick to Wellesley for a much greater cause. “My service is something I look back on with pride, and feel positive about, but so many veterans struggle after their service. I hope by participating in the military relay I can honor all those who have served, and bring light to the veterans that need help and deserve far more praise than me.”

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Christopher Hampton

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