With over 30,000 registered runners – an all-time high – the 26th Army Ten-Miler took place Oct. 24 at the Pentagon, the day before the 2010 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Race registration for this year’s event opened April 1, and the 30,000 cap was reached in a record 35 hours.
The first male runner to cross the finish line, Alene Reta, from New York, N.Y., completed the run in 47:10. Reta also won the race in 2009.
Second place went to Spc. Robert Cheseret, from the Army World Class Athlete Program, Fort Carson, Colo., and a member of the All Army Team, with a time of 48:20.
The first female finisher with a time of 55:54 was Aziza Abate, Ellicot City, Md.
Capt. Kelly Calway, from the Army World Class Athlete Program, with a time of 57:20, came in second.
Calway, who was the 2008 Female Athlete of the Year, is a member of the All Army Team.
As reported by LaTrina Antoine in the Pentagram News, Calway said at the conclusion of her run, "I know that every time I’m out here running, especially with ‘Army’ on my chest, I’m running for way more that myself. I’m running for all those soldiers overseas and all our wounded guys who are coming home."
Adding, "I love everybody out there, and I know it’s a big privilege running out there [in the Army Ten-Miler] today."
Calway said she was specifically running for a friend who recently lost his legs in Afghanistan.
Special recognition was given to the wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, before the race began, to include a personal visit at the start line from the under secretary of Army, John Westphal.
Called the "Strength of the Nation," the wounded warriors left the start line at 7:50 a.m. to the cheers of the crowd of spectators who honored their heroism.
Hawaii Active Duty Men, fielded the winning Active Duty Men’s team and Fort Bragg Women won the Active Duty Women’s category.
This is the second consecutive wins for both teams that won the coveted Commander’s Cup.
The Sergeant Major of the Army’s Challenge Cup was won by the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Sergeants Major Team.
The Commander’s Cup and the Sergeants Major’s cup were presented on site at the race awards ceremony and were again presented at the opening session of the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
All Army Team won the International Division followed by teams from Brazil and Canada.
The race course followed Route 27, crossed the Arlington Memorial Bridge, continued down Constitution Ave. to Virginia Ave., continued past the Kennedy Center to Independence Avenue, up to the Capitol, then down the I-395 HOV lanes and finished back at the Pentagon.
"The Army’s 26th Army Ten-Miler race was a great success," Jim Vandak, the race director, said. "This year, over 30,000 runners and over 900 teams registered in a record 35 hours."
Adding, "The Army’s race is known for its tradition of excellence. Results of our 2010 runner survey are in and 97 percent of the runners rated the race as good or excellent. And, 97 percent indicated that they are likely to run again."
Runners came from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., as well as from 14 foreign countries.
Thousands of spectators at the Pentagon’s start and finish lines and along the race course were there to support their family members, friends or co-workers and they stayed to enjoy the HOOAH tents, exhibits, food and bands and entertainment that were located in the Pentagon’s south parking lot.
Military posts and organizations such as Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Shafter, Hawaii; U.S. Army South; U.S. Army Europe; U.S. Army Korea; U.S. Army Cadet Command; the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve also fielded teams and had HOOAH tents to showcase their installations and missions.
Entertainment was provided at the award’s stage by Fort Hood Army Band. The U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Chorus performed at the GEICO Pre-Race Pasta Dinner the night before the run.
The stage was then turned over to Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region and the Military District of Washington, and his command sergeant major, Michael Williams, who presided at the awards’ ceremony.
Horst and Williams, along with representatives from the Association of the United States Army’s George Washington and Fairfax-Lee Chapters and KBR presented awards to the race winners.
In support of the Army Ten-Miler, several shadow races were run around the world to include Afghanistan and Iraq.
Wrapping up the running portion of the Ten-Miler were more than 500 children participating in their own version of the Army Ten-Miler, the Health Net Federal Services Youth Runs.
Children K-3 ran a 100-meter sprint to the finish and kids in grades four through eight participated in the 200-meter competition. Each runner received a special T-shirt and a finisher’s medal.
For complete race coverage and results go to: www.armytenmiler.com.
The race’s co-lead sponsors are AUSA and KBR.
Major sponsors include: Health Net Federal Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, GEICO, Navy Federal Credit Union, Adobe, DRS Technologies, NAVSTAR Defense and Dell Federal.
ASI Photo, G&G Outfitters, Nexus Consulting, and DARCARS are Supporting Sponsors.