Ready, Set, Race!
Each year, tens of thousands of runners and spectators travel to the nation’s capital for the Army Ten-Miler. Now in its 29th year, the race will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 with a start and finish line at the Pentagon. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler is a way to give back to the Army Family with proceeds benefiting Soldier and Soldier family programs.
Here are some facts that you may not have known about the third largest 10-mile race in the world:
1. There are 30,000 registered runners for this year’s race. The first Army Ten-Miler in 1985 had 1,379 runners.
2. The 2013 Army Ten-Miler t-shirt was created by an Army Veteran.
This year’s Army Ten-Miler winning t-shirt design looks very different from those of past years. Gone are the flags, Pentagon and runners. Replacing those images are a Soldier, helicopter and a boot print. The patriotic red, white and blue colors are replaced with Army combat uniform green. The design screams Army and running, which makes sense as the designer, Pete Bell, used his personal military experience as the source of creative direction. Bell is an Army Veteran who served from 2006-2011. He was a paratrooper and Cavalry Scout (deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008) with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010).
3. A day prior to the race, there are guest clinics.
“Military Amputee Running” is one of the clinics that will take place on Saturday, Oct.19. Members of the Walter Reed Amputee Training Center staff alongside former patient and active duty military amputee Lt. Col. David Rozelle will host this hour-long clinic to discuss injury, recovery and the key role running plays in returning to duty. David and other military amputees will show off running prosthetics and demonstrate leg-care and wound management. Additionally, Walter Reed therapists will discuss the introduction of running back into lives of military amputees and its importance in long-term care.
4. More than 75 Wounded Warriors and wheelchair athletes are participating in this year’s race.
5. Participants start the race based on their pace time.
Instead of all the runners starting at one time, runners are broken in “waves” based on their pace time.
6. Runners are entertained along the course.
Bands and musicians positioned every two miles along course will perform military anthems, country music and pop melodies to motivate runners. Army Ten-Miler participants will run to the sounds of The U.S. Army Band at miles 2 and 4. When they hit mile 6, runners will hear the ever popular local high school Paul VI band. At mile 8, runners will hear local country recording artist the Sandy Point Band.
7. All participants will receive a challenge coin.
In keeping with the Army’s tradition of challenge coins, the Army Ten-Miler awards all runners a finisher coin to signify their achievement. Volunteers will be handing out the coins just past the finish line.
8. Army-Ten Miler shadow runs take place all over the globe.
There are 19 locations overseas hosting official Army Ten-Miler sponsored shadow runs. The locations include Afghanistan, Cuba, Kuwait, Kosovo, Pakistan and South Korea. These shadow runs account for more than 8,500 runners combined.
9. More than 292,000 runners have participated in the Army-Ten Miler since 1985.
10. There is ONE Army-Ten Miler participant who has yet to miss a race. U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) Lew Goldberg is back to run in his 29th race. Goldberg is the only person to run all Army Ten-Miler races since 1985.
To join the Army Ten-Miler conversation online, use the official event hashtag (#ArmyTenMiler) or visit the Army Ten-Miler Facebook page!
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