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All-Army runners take top trophy from Brazilians at 26th Army Ten-Miler

By Tim Hipps
FMWRC Public Affairs
ARLINGTON, Va. – Runners from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program triumphantly took the team trophy from the Brazilian Army at this year’s Army Ten-Miler on Sunday.

The All-Army WCAP team dashed away with the international Army trophy after defeating the three-time reigning champions from Rio de Janeiro.

“We beat the Brazilians,” Spc. Robert Cheseret said moments after leading the elite U.S. squad of four men by finishing third with a time of 48 minutes, 20 seconds. “They haven’t finished the official results, but we did the math with our times and we should be ahead of them. We are very confident that we did it, so I’m very happy about that.
“Everybody worked hard to make sure we won it, and we did it.”

Cheseret, 27, a native of Kenya who won NCAA championships at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters on the track for the University of Arizona, was the U.S. Army’s shining star on this day at the Pentagon.

“It’s amazing,” he said of the atmosphere provided by supporters who lined the 10-mile route along streets of Northern Virginia and around monuments of Washington. “You have people cheering at almost every point. This is the best road race I’ve ever ran. I like it.”

So does Ethiopian Alene Reta, 28, who ran away with the race for the second consecutive year with a winning time of 47:10. Reta opened with a 4:29 first mile and went through two in 9 minutes. He won in 2009 with an event-record time of 46:59.

“As defending champion, I wanted to come back again this year,” said Reta, who decided Tuesday he would run the Army Ten-Miler despite hamstring tightness Oct. 16 at the Baltimore Marathon. “When I go to race, I don’t think of winning or taking second, I always like to better my time.”

Nobody dared go with him, and Reta never looked back.

“Did you see how fast he went out? If he did that for 10 miles, that’s a world record probably,” said WCAP Maj. Dan Browne, 35, who was content to lead the second pack through the mile mark in 4:40 and finished fourth in 48:22. “It wasn’t hot out, but it wasn’t cool at the start, so you’ve got to be smart.

“I felt like I did the things I needed to do to give myself the best chance,” continued Browne, a six-time top-five finisher in the Army Ten-Miler. “I led the second group for two-thirds of the race. It was kind of just me holding pace. I wasn’t really catching the second-place guy, so we had a nice, fun finish at the end.”

Ethiopian Tesfaye Sendeku was second in 47:58. Cheseret passed four runners, including Browne, during the final mile to finish third.

“The kick at the end is part of my strength,” said Cheseret, whose goal is to run the 5,000 meters for Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “I went out with the leader but his pace was too fast, so I dropped back and ran with Dan and a group of about five other guys. Dan really did a great job for us today.”

Behind Browne, Ethiopian Fikadu Lemma finished fifth in 48:22, followed by Neal Cabating (48:33) of Washington and the first two members of the Brazilian Army team: Clodoaldo Silva (48:38) and Wilson Lima (48:38), both of Rio de Janeiro.

WCAP-bound PV2 Joseph Chirlee of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was ninth in 49:11. Lucas Meyer of Ridgefield, Conn., rounded out the men’s top 10 in 49:25.

First Lt. John Mickowski of WCAP gutted out the final mile to finish 11th for the All-Army team in 49:40. WCAP Spc. Kenneth Foster completed the elite U.S. squad with a 13th-place finish in 50:26. They both beat Brazilian Army’s Jose Ferreira, 35, winner of the 2007 Army Ten-Miler who finished fifth in the 2008 and 2009 events.

“With a mile to go, my stomach just seized up,” said Mickowski, 24, the reigning U.S. Armed Forces cross-country champion. “I probably ran that last mile in 6:30. I started sprinting at the end and I couldn’t breathe. I don’t know if I didn’t hydrate right or what. I literally almost couldn’t run. I just hung on to finish. I’m just perplexed because it’s never happened before.”

Then again, the U.S. Army team had not beaten the Brazilians, either – until the 26th running of the Army Ten-Miler, thanks to Cheseret, Browne, Mickowski and Foster.

On the women’s side, Aziza Abate, 25, of Albuquerque, N.M., posted a runaway victory in 55:54, followed by WCAP Capt. Kelly Calway (57:20) of Fort Carson, Colo., Michaela Courtney (58:14) of Arlington, Va., Gabriela Trana (58:31) of Alajuela, Costa Rica, and 42-year-old masters winner Peggy Yetman (58:51) of Leesburg, Va.

“My husband is in Afghanistan right now so I wish he could be here, but I know he’s cheering for me,” said Calway, 27, who hopes to qualify Dec. 5 for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials at the California International Marathon. “I heard him during the race. I miss him a lot. He’s my number one fan. And my number-two fan is right over there: my three-year-old daughter, Hazel.”

WCAP Capt. Emily Potter (58:56) of Fort Bragg, N.C., Ethiopian Muliye Gurmu (59:13), Emily Shertzer (59:28) of Hummelstown, Pa., Kim Siedsma (59:48) of Fairfax, Va., and Russian Elena Kaledina (1:00:07) completed the top 10.

“I actually ran way faster than I thought I would,” said Potter, 31, who plans to run the Conseil International du Sport Militaire’s 43rd World Military Marathon Championships Oct. 31 in Athens, Greece, on the same course Brown ran at the 2004 Summer Olympics. “It’s the 2005th anniversary of the original marathon, so this is a good tune-up for that.”

WCAP modern pentathlete Mickey Kelly of Fort Carson, Colo., was 15th in 1:01:47. Four-time Army Ten-Miler winner Alisa Harvey, 45, of Manassas, Va., a nine-time NCAA track and field champion for the University of Tennessee, was 16th in 1:02:02.

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FMWRC, Public Affairs

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Humphreys hosts Army 10-miler shadow run

By W. Wayne Marlow, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS, SOUTH KOREA – Over 300 runners from across the Korean peninsula took part in the second annual Army 10-miler Shadow Run hosted here Oct. 2.

First Lieutenant Robert Anderson of the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion won the nighttime race, designed to mirror the Army’s annual run in Washington, D.C., in 1 hour, 3 minutes and 51 seconds. First Lieutenant Sarah Rainville took the women’s crown, finishing in 1:16:44.

Anderson said he initially thought only about doing his best and having a good run. But when some entrants passed him early in the race, his focused changed.

“I was going to try and take it easy … but then an adrenaline rush hit and I decided to pick it up,” he said.

Anderson maintained a steady pace, running the second half in just two more minutes than he did the first five miles. “I felt good the whole time,” he said. “I felt like I had some left in the tank. I started training for it last year, so I’ve been upping my mileage.”

The Camp Humphreys shadow run will be shown on a large screen during the Army 10-miler in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9, and Anderson plans to be there to watch it and participate in his second 10-miler of the week. “This was prep for that one,” he said.

Former United States Army Garrison Humphreys Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Kim fired the opening gun at 9 p.m. locally to coincide with the actual time the run will start in Washington D.C. Led by Kim’s replacement, Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, the runners started under the Super Gym walkway, then snaked their way around the airfield twice, ending up back at Super Gym.

“It’s an absolutely great event,” Gray said. “Soldiers work hard, so when you can do something like this to build esprit de corps, it’s a positive thing. It’s an opportunity for everyone to have a good time.”

The crisp, cool October air helped keep the runners fresh, as did rehydration stations manned by volunteers along the route. The constant encouragement by fellow runners and cheering from the sidelines helped push the runners toward the finish.

“It’s not too cold. It’s nice running weather,” Gray said. “You can always wear something to keep you warm, and if it gets too hot, you can dress down.”

Anderson agreed that the race featured ideal conditions. “It’s great weather, no overheating,” he said. “It’s the best weather for running.”

Anderson said he has three brothers in the Army who are also all enthusiastic runners, and there was another family connection of note. Specialist Charles Rodgers IV flew from Hawaii to run the race with his father, Charles Rodgers III, who manages Splish and Splash Water Park on Humphreys. The two finished with identical times of 1:32:40.

Besides ideal weather and enthusiastic observers, the runners were treated to replicas of Washington, D.C., monuments built by Jeffrey Hubbard of the USAG Humphreys Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation office. The replicas, made of Styrofoam and braced by wood supports, included the Vietnam Memorial, the Pentagon, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, and the capitol. The project took about two weeks, according to Hubbard.

“It was to give everybody something extra to look at during the run and to do something different,” Hubbard said. “We figured looking at a poster would be kind of boring. We wanted to give them incentive to go and see the next one. They’ll be here next year. They’re built to last.”

Area III Sports Director Lonnie Herring credited volunteers with helping make the run a success.

“We had three drink tables on the trail and at the start and finish point,” he said. “We had BOSS bring in volunteers, folks standing on the road, and people handing out numbers and pace chips before the race.” The computerized chips, attached to the runners’ shoes, started and stopped when someone crossed the start and finish lines, giving everyone an accurate 10-mile time.

For all the logistics involved in having hundreds of people run 10 miles, Herring said most of the work was done beforehand.

“The pre-registration is the most time-consuming,” he said, also mentioning coordination with Military Police, road closures, medical considerations, and taxi and bus services being suspended. But all the work paid off in the end, Herring noted.

Prior to the run, entrants were addressed by USAG Humphreys Commander, Col. Joseph P. Moore.

“We’re here to have fun, and I hope your commanders told you that if you run this, there’s no P.T. tomorrow. Ten miles is no small task,” Moore said. “I’ve run this loop a lot at night. There’s plenty of light out there. The terrain is real friendly. There are no big hills, just a lot of open room to run.”

The top three finishers in the men’s 29 and under category were: Wbatt Reith (1:07:53); Samuel Smiths (1:09:09) and Daniel Bates (1:09:35). Following Anderson in the men’s 30-39 category were David Snow (1:12:41) and Nathan Stahl (1:18:02).

In the men’s 40-49 category, the top three finishers were Brett Bassett (1:14:49), Dan Burnett (1:17:06) and Felix Lassus (1:18:57). Leading the way in the men’s 50 and over category were Robert Nott (1:09:14), Mark Sullivan (1:09:57) and Kwon, Song-ki (1:19:23).

Following Rainville in the women’s 29 and under category were Kyle Wilson (1:22:20) and Liela Moser (1:26:01). In the women’s 30 and over category, top finishers were Sarah Stahl (1:20:45), Adam Leinen (1:27:52), and Jamila Moody (1:34:11). Taking the women’s over 40 crown was Kim, Hui-ok (1:37:06). In the women’s over 50 category, Barbara Garner (1:37:31) took first, followed by Susan Jentoft (1:43:23).

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