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The Army Ten-Miler is the second largest (after the Philadelphia Broad Street Run) ten-mile race in the United States. It is held every October in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC, sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

The annual race weekend events also include a youth run, a youth activity fair, and a pre-race pasta dinner. The race draws a large number of civilian and military running teams. The most recent race was held on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Race courseEdit

The race course is USA Track and Field certified and is mostly flat, fast and picturesque.



The race started in 1985 by fitness officials connected with the Army Headquarters staff in the Pentagon. In the early years, it was led by staff assigned to the Pentagon with the logistic support of the Military District of Washington. Subsequently, the program was reassigned to the Military District, where it is headed by a year-round, full-time professional staff.

2001 raceEdit

Shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, the October 2001 race was cancelled. Subsequent races have had extensive anti-terrorist security measures.

2005 raceEdit

DC Metropolitan Police identified a suspicious package under the HOV lanes of the 14th Street Bridge. Race officials decided to re-route runners at Mile Marker 7 (Independence and 14th Street area) to cross the Memorial Bridge instead. The DC Metro Police Explosive Ordnance Unit investigated the package and, at 8:55AM, determined that it was harmless. Because the course was modified, the official race was declared a recreational run and was not scored. The transponder timing mats were not relocated from the planned finish line to the end of the substitute route, which was estimated to be 11.2 miles long.

2007 raceEdit

The race was held on Sunday, October 7, 2007 with 26,000 runners entered, and a record 17,000 finishing the 10 mile route. At the 8 a.m. start time, the temperature was 70 degrees F and relative humidity was 94%, making running conditions difficult. Because of the heat, runners consumed more liquids than expected, and the aide stations ran out of water. Michael Banner, a 25-year-old runner from Fairfax, Virginia, collapsed near the finish line and subsequently died. The autopsy results revealed that he had coronary artery disease and ruled that his death was from natural causes.[1][2][3]

2008 raceEdit

The 2008 race was held on Sunday, October 5, 2008. Local women fared well, as Veena Reddy, from Centreville came from behind to win the Open Female Competition. In addition, Alisa Harvey, from Manassas won the Female Masters. For the men, Reginaldo Campos Jr. of Brazil took first place in the Open Competition. He was one of four Brazilian Army finishers in the top ten. There were a total of 18,789 finishers in the mild October weather.[4][5]

2009 raceEdit

The 2009 race was held on Sunday, October 4, 2009. There were course records set for both the men and women's race. Alene Reta, from Ethiopia, captured the men's race in 46:59 and Samia Akbar, from Herndon, Virginia, won the women's race in 55:25. 21,256 runners finished the race, making it the largest ten mile run in the United States.[6] On the same day, nine-hundred runners from fifteen nations participated in a "shadow" run held on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.[7]

2010 raceEdit

Robert Cheseret wins 2010 Army Ten-Miler

Robert Cheseret running at the 2010 race

The 2010 race was held on Sunday, October 24, 2010. The race set Army Ten Miler registration records, with 30,000 runner slots being sold in only 35 hours.[8] 21,636 runners finished the race,[9] with Alene Reta, from Ethiopia, defending the men's title in 47:10 and Aziza Abate, from Ellicott City, Maryland, winning the women's race in 55:54.[10] During race week, deployed servicemembers and civilians participated in "shadow" runs at six bases in Afghanistan, five bases in Iraq, and one camp in Djibouti, Africa.[11]

2015 raceEdit

The 2015 race was held on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Paul Chelimo, a citizen of Kenya living in Beaverton, OR won the race in 48:19,[12] and Tina Muir of Lexington, KY finished first among women, 64th overall, in 55:20.[13]


History of Army 10 Miler
YearFieldMaleFemaleMaster MaleMaster Female
19957,110 Ronnie Harris, 48:59 Susan Molloy, 56:20 Chuck Moeser, 53:29 Patricia Donohue, 1:06:20
19967,579 Michael Berstein, 47:59 Chris Udovich, 58:35 David Wannewurf, 52:24 Linda Wack, 1:03:16
19979,404 Dan Browne, 47:44 Chris Udovich, 56:58 Tom Borschel, 52:44 Cathy Ventura-Merkel, 1:03:33
199811,472 Dan Browne, 48:52 Alisa Harvey, 58:56 Chuck Moeser, 53:14 Patti Shull, 1:00:10
199911,453 Chris Graff, 48:21 Alisa Harvey, 57:47 Sammy Ngatia, 50:46 Patti Shull, 1:03:11
200011,935 Sammy Ngatia, 48:50 Naoko Ishibe, 56:40 Sammy Ngatia, 48:50 (Event Record) Patricia Clifford, 1:05:17
2002 11,904 Ryan Kirkpatrick, 48:35 Casey Smith, 58:21 Sammy Ngatia, 51:17 Martha Merz, 59:49
200313,198 John Henwood, 48:49 Alisa Harvey, 59:29 John Colpeck, 53:14 Martha Merz, 1:00:36
200413,071 Dan Browne 47:32 Casey Smith 57:32 Sammy Ngatia, 52:47 Martha Merz, 1:00:57
200615,589 Jared Nyamboki, 48:24 Alisa Harvey, 59:00 Marty Muchow, 53:25 Alisa Harvey, 59:00
200717,641 Jose Ferreira, 49:21 Firaya Zhdanova, 58:31 Mike Scannell, 54:31 Firaya Zhdanova, 58:31 (Event Record)
200818,789 Reginaldo Campos Jr., 48:59 Veena Reddy, 58:08 Mike Scannell, 53:01 Alisa Harvey, 1:00:57
200921,256 Alene Reta, 46:59 (Event Record) Samia Akbar, 55:25 (Event Record) Sergey Kaledin, 52:34 Elena Kaledina, 1:00:35
201021,636 Alene Reta, 47:10 Aziza Abate, 55:54


  1. J. Hage, "Fairfax County Man Collapses Near Army Finish Line, Dies" Washington Post, 2007-10-08, p. E3
  2. Mummolo, Jonathan (2007-10-09). "Runner Had Played on Office Teams". Washington Post. pp. B3. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  3. Mummolo, Jonathan (2007-11-29). "Coronary Artery Disease Found in Autopsy of Runner". Washington Post. pp. B02. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  4. Hage, Jim (2008-10-06). "Motivated Campos Wins Army 10-Miler". Washington Post. pp. E3. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  5. Nearman, Steve (2008-10-07). "Campos, Reddy Top Fields at Army Ten-Miler". Running USA Wire. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  6. Hage, Jim (October 4, 2009). "New Records All Around at Army Ten-Miler". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  7. "Army Ten-Miler Shadow Runs". Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  9. "Army Ten-Miler Home". 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  10. Video by Rick Vasquez, Jeff Schogol. "Reta defends his championship in annual Army Ten-Miler - Sports". Stripes. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  11. "Army Ten-Miler Home". 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  12. NET TIME 0:48:19. "Event: 2015 Army Ten-Miler". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  13. NET TIME 0:55:20. "Event: 2015 Army Ten-Miler". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 

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