35,000 runners with one goal: Completing the Army Ten-Miler

Julia LeDoux
October 13, 2019 - 12:45 pm
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Spc. Lawi Lalang won’t forget his first Army Ten-Miler.

That’s because he crossed the finish line Sunday as the overall winner, completing the race in 48:38

“I’ve been getting ready for the last two to three months,” he said.

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Lalang has been in the Army for three years and said he especially liked the camaraderie of running with his fellow service members.

“It’s like teamwork,” he said.

Along the route through Washington D.C., Lalang and the more than 35,000 other runners who took part in the 35th annual race were cheered on and supported by spectators like Charity Hudson of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

“Watching them makes me want to do it next year,” she said.  

Runner Maura Linde was greeted with loud applause as she crossed the finish line in 57 minutes even, becoming the second woman to finish the race.

“The third time’s the charm,” she said.

 Even though Linde has never served in the military, she said she ran in support of those who do.

“I’m running for what the military has done,” she said.

Wounded warriors and Army veterans Brent Nadjadi and Taylor Klinker had the same response when discussing the most challenging part of the course.

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“The hills,” they both said with a laugh.

Nadjadi and Klinker competed using handcycles – and both didn’t spend a lot of time training prior to the race.

“We’re both newbies to this sport so we just wanted to come out and challenge ourselves,” said Nadjadi.

“This is the first time I’ve ridden it, like ever,” added Klinker of his handcycle.

For John Schneider, participating in the Army Ten-Miler on Team Fisher House is a way to give back to vets like Nadjadi and Klinker.

“In the spring of 2016, I had a serious heart issue,” he said. “Once I got well, I thought I was given a second chance. I applied myself and began participating in races that benefitted various charities.”

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