WASHINGTON — Capt. Kelly Calway, who won the female division at the Marine Corps Marathon, Oct. 27, said she ran the race for all deployed servicemembers.
“It just means the world to me,” said Calway, who is based out of Fort Carson, Colo., and is preparing to deploy soon.
“It was just amazing,” she said.
Her time, 2:42:16, qualified her for the Olympic trials in 2016, she said. She plans to continue to train and do a marathon or two before that time.
“We were all out there,” she said.
Gen. James F. Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, who greeted her at the finish line, said the Marine Corps could definitely use her, she said.
Calway said a great source of strength for her came from the wounded warriors who were participating. They cheered her on and she encouraged them throughout the 26.2 mile race.
“They have been through so much and they just have this positive, awesome outlook that is so inspiring,” she said.
During the last stretch of the race, which is uphill, Calway was side-by-side with a wheelchair athlete, she said.
“It’s brutal to run up a hill at 26 miles,” she said.
Calway, who was the 2008 Army Athlete of the Year, and a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program from 2010 to 2012, said one of her favorite races is the Army Ten-Miler.
“I’ll definitely be out there for the next Ten-Miler. I love that race,” she said.
Calway said she began running at eight years old. Joining running teams wherever she lived was a great way for her to have a group of friends as she moved around as a military child.
The 29-year old said flexibility is the key as she balances the multiple roles of being an athlete, a mother, a Soldier, and a wife to a fellow Army officer.
Every time she runs a race, she is thinking about her six-year-old daughter, “the coolest kid ever,” she said.
Hard work also pays off, she said.
“It’s a lot to juggle, but I don’t think I’d be the runner I am today without all of those things. I’m so blessed to have an awesome Family too that really supports me.”