For 25 years, tens of thousands of runners and spectators come to Washington, D.C., to participate in a race classic.
Two, four-member teams from U.S. Army Africa joined the road race and outperformed a majority of participating teams in the 2010 Army 10-Miler. The Active Duty Men (Commander’s Cup) team outran 90 percent of their rivals, placing 50th of the nearly 700 military and civilian teams vying for team titles.
The U.S. Army Africa women’s team placed 218th, outrunning nearly 75 percent of all women’s teams. The combined time of the men’s team was 4 hours, 18 minutes and 44 seconds; the women’s team total was 5: 14:8.
“Many members of our team improved their overall time from previously established records and represented the command in an outstanding manner,” said U.S. Army Africa running team coach, Osvaldo Del Hoyo. “They trained well as a team and, this morning, they proved it.”
Army Africa’s fastest runner was Adolph Dubose, who finished with a time of 1:0:10 seconds, meeting a pace of ten, back-to-back, six-minute-miles. A close second was Jason Marshall, running the course in 1:3:1.
“Yes, I’m happy with my run this morning,” Marshall said. “I improved my time compared to last year.”
The command’s fastest woman was Rosemary Hernandez with a time of 1:17:41. On her heels, finishing a mere two seconds later, was Amanda Miller.
The 10-mile road race is the third largest in the world and is the U.S. Army’s premier running event. The race course begins and ends at the Pentagon, after running through the nation’s capitol. Military and civilian runners come from around the world to take part in this annual tradition.
Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler has become a world-renowned event drawing 30,000 runners annually.
Proceeds support Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families.
The race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, passing by such D.C. landmarks as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol.
Interesting 2010 race facts:
30,000 registered runners – Started in 1985, there were merely 1,379 runners.
2010 race sold out in 35 hours; 2009 race sold out in 6 days.
769 teams registered to run.
Runners come from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
52 percent of runners are men, 48 percent are women.
63 percent of runners are Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Retired Military, Veterans, Military family dependents or DoD employees.
75 percent of runners are from the greater Washington, D.C., region.
More than 1,200 Soldiers and civilians supported the race as volunteers.
More than 10 locations overseas hosted a Shadow Run with more than 4,000 runners.
The Army Ten-Miler supported races at Bagram Airfield, Camp Phoenix, FOB Union III and Joint Base Balad.
The mission of the Army Ten-Miler is for the Military District of Washington to safely conduct the Army’s annual 10-mile race to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals, and enhance community relations.