Sunday, October 31, 2010

Marine Corps

With a strong effort just past the 20 mile mark, Air Force 2nd Lt.. Jacob Bradosky broke up a pack of four to win the 35th Marine Corps Marathon Sunday in 2:23:30 seconds.

"I was told to run the first 20 miles with my head and the last six with my heart," Bradosky, "and that works very well."

Janet Cherobon, from Kenya, dominated the women's field, finishing first in 2:42:38. Cherobon ran on course record pace until fading in the final two miles. Gina Slaby was second in 2:46:57 and Erin Moffett took third in 2:50:37.

The 26.2 mile race was run through downtown Washington and parts of neighboring northern Virginia amid heightened security because an unknown gunman has fired shots at U.S. military sites four times in recent weeks, including the Marine Corps museum near Quantico twice.

Ronald Kurui, also from Kenya, finished second in the men's division in 2:23:41, despite tripping and scraping his knee and elbow in the race.

Sean Barrett, a First Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps, took third in 2:24:08. Barrett, who is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in two months, was running his first marathon.

"Wearing the Marine Corps singlet at this race is a great honor," Barrett said. "The crowd gives great support, although that also means you can't let them down."

Defending champion John Mentzer, took fourth in 2:27:01.