WASHINGTON — The Fort Bragg Women’s Army Ten-Miler team, led by Emily Potter’s time of 57:51, finished in first place to take home the Commander’s cup as the top Active Duty Women’s Division team in the 29th annual Army Ten-Miler in Washington, Sunday.
The Fort Bragg Master’s team, for individuals in ages 40 and up, ran to a second place finish in its division, while the Fort Bragg Men’s Team of active-duty participants finished in third place.
Fort Eustis, Va., took first place in the Active Duty Mixed Division, led by Bryce Livingston with a time of 52:15.
Aron Rono led the U.S. All-Army Team to a second-place finish yesterday, behind Brazil as runners blazed across the nation’s capital on a crisp, sunny morning.
The top three overall finishers were with the Brazilian Army, led by Solonei Silva with a time of 48:04, Paulo Paula at 48:06, and Frank Caldeira, who finished in 48:08.
Rono finished the race fifth overall with a time of 48:18. Army teammate Augustus Maiyo finished seventh at 49:00, and Elkaneah Kibet finished eighth with a time of 49:33.
The Mountain Post Men from Fort Carson, Colo., won the Commander’s Cup, finishing in first place in the Active Duty Men’s Division, led by Edwin Sang with a time of 50:18. Second in the division was the JBLM Men from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Fort Bragg Men finished third.
Army leaders who cheered on the participants included Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack.
More than 26,000 people completed the race, according to the results. Chandler said it’s always motivating seeing so many people participating, doing something positive and staying Army Strong.
“It’s amazing to see, especially the wounded warriors who just inspire all of us every single day,” he said.
The race, which began and ended at the Pentagon, twisted and turned through the nation’s capital and took runners past Arlington National Cemetery, and the Lincoln Memorial and other sites along the National Mall.
Onlookers lined the streets, and cheered and waved as the racers passed. Soldiers manned water stations, and Army musicians provided entertainment on points along the route. Hundreds of volunteers supported the event.
At the awards ceremony, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commanding general of the Military District of Washington, expressed his gratitude to everyone who put time and energy into make the event such a huge success.
“I just want to thank all our Soldiers, all our family members, all our sponsors, more than 900 volunteers put this race together. We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Buchanan.
“I think we had a great race today. I appreciate everybody for being out here. This is a great day to be Army Strong,” he said.
The top male finisher, 31-year-old Silva of Brazil, said through an interpreter that it was a special feeling to win, and he was honored to represent his country in the race.
Kerri Gallagher, 24, was the first-place female finisher, with a time of 54:56. This was her 2nd consecutive first-place finish.
Gallagher, who is an assistant track coach at American University, said she enjoys the Army Ten-Miler and that she trained by running “a lot” of miles.
This season she has raced in two 10k runs, as well as a 5K, she said.
“As a middle distance runner, I really don’t have much planned for distance races other than try to hold on if I can,” she said.
“I pretty much approach each of these road distances the same, but they just get more challenging as they get longer,” she said with a chuckle.