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Marine Corps Marathon Races Through Historic Fredericksburg
(May 28, 2010)

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (MCN - May 20, 2010) — On May 16 the Marine Corps Marathon hosted the Historic Half marathon as 5,425 participants crossed the finish line in Fredericksburg.
Marine volunteers from Quantico stand guard at the start/finish line with the Marine Corps Marathon’s mascot, Miles, in preparation for the Historic Half in Fredericksburg on May 16.
Marine volunteers from Quantico stand guard at the start/finish line with the Marine Corps Marathon's mascot, Miles, in preparation for the Historic Half in Fredericksburg on May 16.
 Among those who finished were Steve Hammel, from Arlington, Va., who won first place overall with a time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 40 seconds and Kristin Herring, of Elizabeth City, N.C., who defended her title by beating all female participants with a time of 1:26:26.

“I usually run a marathon and a half marathon a year,” said Hammel. “I ran the Marine CorpsMarathon in October and I liked the way it was organized so I decided to do this one, which happened to be my best time for a half marathon.”

The top military runners, Cpl. Craig Clark and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Fiona Halbritter, were both from Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

Clark, a finance clerk, finished the run approximately 6 minutes after the overall winner with a time of 1:20:27, beating many of his personal records.

“This is a great event, and it's nice to come out here and give it everything you've got,” said Clark. “It's a really great day for a run, and I had a bunch of personal records throughout the race, so I'd really like to do this again.”

Marathons are a test of endurance and stamina. For many of the participants 13.1 miles is a welcome trial with many benefits.

“I think marathons are a great way to challenge yourself, stay active and healthy,” said Clark. “I also think it's a great tribute to the troops, being a Marine Corps Sponsored event.”
 
Marines from the Quantico color guard present the colors before wounded warriors at the start/finish line of the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg May 16.
Marines from the Quantico color guard present the colors before wounded warriors at the start/finish line of the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg May 16.
Marine Corps Marathon mascots Miles and Molly also made an appearance to cheer on runners as they made the 13.1 mile trek.“The best part of being the mascot is helping out the Marines,” said Carl Huff, who played Miles and spent time with the children and had a good time posing for pictures.

Throughout the race, jubilant family members and friends as well as Marines and volunteers cheered and applauded runners as they strolled towards the finish line.

“It is great to see families running together,” said Huff, who has been the mascot for this run three years in a row. “For events like this, you don't have to be a fantastic runner to participate; just come out here and have fun.”

Article and photo by USMC Cpl. Christopher Duncan
Marine Corps Base Quantico
Copyright 2010

Reprinted from Marine Corps News

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