This ROTC teacher traveled 2,500 miles to run his 13th Army Ten-Miler

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October 12, 2019 - 1:16 pm
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Army veteran Andy Addison traveled nearly 2,500 miles from Las Vegas to run the 2019 Army Ten-Miler on Sunday.

It'll be his 12th Washington, D.C. race, plus a "shadow run" in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2011, he told Connecting Vets Saturday. Shadow runs are held all over the world so service members and veterans can participate no matter where they are stationed.

This year, shadow runs are being held in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Iraq, Romania and Guantanamo Bay. 

Addison joins more than 35,000 other runners for this year's Ten-Miler. He's been running them on and off for about 20 years, he says. He retired after 34 years in the Army and Reserves.

"Ever since then I've been running the Army Ten-Miler every chance I get," he said. "It hasn't been consecutive -- I missed a couple years when I deployed to Afghanistan and then a couple of years I was injured."

For Addison, 2018 was a recovery year after a few injuries, but he said he's "hoping to do pretty well this year." 

"I just run to stay physically fit, stay energized and feel youthful," he said at the Ten-Miler Expo in D.C. "As for (running) the Army Ten-Miler, it's being around fellow veterans and military people." 

He was hoping for fair weather and clear skies for the run Sunday, after bad weather during a past year.

"My least favorite part, one year it almost seemed like it was freezing rain," he said. "The weather was so cold and rainy and miserable. Other than that, it's always been an awesome experience. "

He says his best time ever running the Ten-Miler was about 68 minutes. His goal this year is about an hour and 20 minutes, but he's flexible.

"That's about an 8 minute, 30-second mile pace," he said. "I could do 8 minutes per mile, but I don't want to push things too much." 

Addison lives in Vegas, where he's taught Army ROTC and Junior ROTC, and next year, he's hoping to run with a crew.

"I'm working on getting my cadets to come out next year and run this race with me," he said. 

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