Army Ten-Miler takes over DC streets Sunday

Julia LeDoux
October 11, 2019 - 11:35 am
34th Army Ten-Miler

Army Ten-Miler

If you’re looking for retired Marine Sgt. Joshua Elliott on Sunday morning, the wounded warrior will be among the more than 35,000 participants taking part in this year’s Army Ten-Miler.

Elliott, who lost both of his legs and several fingers on his left hand while serving in Afghanistan, is currently being treated at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He’ll use a hand-cycle to complete the race through the nation’s capital.

“This is my first Army Ten-Miler,” he said. “I haven’t participated in any race like this, but over the past seven years, I’ve developed my skills as an alpine ski racer. I actually attained sixth place in the Paralympic Games in Pyongyang, South Korea.”

Army Ten-Miler finisher
Army Ten-Miler

Elliott was encouraged to participate in the Ten-Miler by an Army buddy who he’s skied with for years but wasn’t sure he’d be able to following surgery over the summer. He’s since been cleared to hand-cycle and sees the race as a chance to get together with friends he’s served with.

“I think going to the gym, working out with your headphones on, being involved in a team activity or something where you can connect with other people and build relationships, and keep active and fit, is something that’s good for the body, good for the mind and good for the soul," Elliott said.

Army First Sgt. Diane Kirchner is a member of B Company, U.S. Army Troop Command at Walter Reed. She and her commander started a weekly running group in the middle of May that sought to increase both the speed and endurance of its participants.

Kirchner said she’s wanted to run the Ten-Miler her entire Army career, but couldn’t because she wasn’t stationed close enough to Washington.

“Now I live in the National Capital Region, I thought I have no excuse, it is time to enjoy a nice 10-mile race.”

Army Ten-Miler runner
Army Ten-Miler

The race begins and ends at the Pentagon, and the best way to get there is to take Metro.

Race day festivities get underway with a jump by the Golden Knights parachute team between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Wheelchair athletes and wounded warriors lead off the race at 7:50 a.m. Runner waves begin right after that. The awards ceremony for individual runners will take place at 10:30 a.m. Team awards will be presented at 11:30 a.m.

ATM shadow runs will be held in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Iraq, Romania and Guantanamo Bay.

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