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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).
Photos courtesy U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, FMWR Marketing
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“No Frills” Road Races July 16 2014 # 51
Image by ianhun2009
July 16, 2014, 8:19 p.m.
426 – Alexandra Ouzas
416 – Cheryl Kardish-Levitan
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See also, the article in the Ottawa Citizen, by Megan Delaire, May 22, 2014
title: "Ottawa Cancer Survivor to Run 28th and Final Marathon"
In May 2000 as Cheryl Kardish-Levitan was competing in the Ottawa Race Weekend’s half-marathon, she felt an exhaustion like no other. Not far from her Old Ottawa South home, she decided to drop out of the race and walk the few blocks to her house.
Having 20 marathons and nearly twice as many half-marathons under her belt, the decision to quit was foreign to her. But another marathon was brewing inside her: a cancerous tumour in her right breast.
Fourteen years later, Kardish-Levitan, now 60, is preparing to run her 28th and final marathon, along with 7,000 other runners. When she began running recreationally in 1976, she had no idea that the activity would become all-encompassing, spanning almost four decades. When she began running marathons, she was often the lone woman. At the Ottawa Marathon on May 25, the 40th year of the event, 2,606 women will compete and 4,407 men.
“There weren’t really many women running back then. It was a novelty,” she said. “People said ‘Why are you doing this to your body?’ ”
When she crossed the finish line of her first marathon in 1976 (she was the third woman), there were no spectators cheering on the exhausted runners. This year’s marathon is expected to draw 100,000 spectators.
As Ottawa’s Marathon has grown over four decades, Kardish-Levitan’s life followed the trajectory of many Canadians. She married in her twenties after meeting Brian, her future husband, while running on the Rideau Canal. She established a career as a realtor and raised a daughter and two sons: Elana, Tyler and Ian. When she was three months pregnant with Elana, she completed the 1984 marathon — her 20th marathon. It would be her last one for 21 years. Parenthood and a torn anterior cruciate ligament — major connective knee tissue — were reason enough to keep her from running marathons until 2005.
But she remained an active member of Ottawa’s running community for 20 years and continued to run half-marathons at Ottawa Race Weekend, which she has participated in each year since its second year. She also became a fixture of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure.
In 2000, she raised ,000 for the foundation through her participation in the run. She returned the next year, while being treated for a benign tumour in her left breast, and raised ,000 for the foundation.
Overall, Kardish-Levitan has raised more than 7,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. While she fundraises on her own, she’s quick to credit her employer CLV Realty Corp., for their support over the past eight years. “They kickstart my campaign every year. Since I’ve been with the company, they’ve given me ,000 every year for the campaign.”
Kardish-Levitan’s involvement with the Run for the Cure is sometimes bittersweet. As a member of a tight-knit group of breast cancer survivors called Just Doing It, she has helped raise 5,822. But over the years, the group has lost 14 members to cancer.
“Being on that breast cancer team, we’ve lost so many teammates that are younger than me. One year it was particularly bad as we lost five women. They all had recurrence that metastasized in different areas.”
In 2005, Kardish-Levitan returned to the marathon, defying doctors’ verdicts that her knee injury would prevent her from ever running that distance again. She went on to run another six marathons between 2005 and 2009. The desire to challenge herself is still very evident as she continues to run three to five times each week, but she swears this really will be her final marathon.
“I do it because it’s helped me deal with everything in my life. The happy situations, the tragic situations. Psychologically, I feel that if I can challenge myself and push myself to run another marathon, it’s going to keep my cancer from coming back.”
Kardish-Levitan, who has more than 80 half-marathons under her belt, says she’ll complete the marathon even if she has to crawl across the finish line. Having seen so many seemingly healthy women just like her lose their lives to breast cancer, she relishes this opportunity.
“It really is a roll of the dice. I’m grateful that I am able to still run and to give back. That’s really important for me.”
Comment by Tyler Levitan
"So proud of my wonderful mom for her achievements in support of finding a cure for breast cancer, and for being such an inspiration for so many people. This is a great article!"
2015 ACAC Track Championships
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4x400m Relay Men