In the United States, Army 10 Miler is the next biggest ten-mile race. The event is held on October in Washington DC, Arlington, and VA. As the name suggests, the race main sponsor is the United States Army/military. Every year thousands of competitors and spectators visit Washington DC to compete and enjoy the fun in this classic race.
Any revenue generated from Army 10 Miler is used to support the armed forces Morale, recreation and welfare, leisure services and comprehensive system of to support created improve the lives of militaries and their family members. With more soldiers participating in the event in every year, the event is becoming more exciting.
This year event which was held on 8th October 2017 was successful with the United States army runners completing the race as top winners in both women and men races. The race was held on Sunday morning in the streets of VA, Arlington, and Washington Dc. However, high humidity and heat during the race somehow made the race to be shortened for some runners.
According to 2017 Army 10 Miler website, high humidity and temperature forced the race to be downgraded to a fun race with shortening of the main race course from 10.08 a.m. overall results for competitors who had finished their race before 10.08. A.m. and those who crossed the finish line at 10.08 a.m. were taken as the official race results.
The race organizers emphasized that the safety of the runners was paramount. They are committed to providing world-class racing competition is a secure and safe environment. Therefore, the decision to shorten and downgrade the race to recreational race was made with inconsideration with safety, medical and race organizers personnel. However, the race course was later re-routed to downtown Washington DC shy of one mile short.
Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, an electrician in the army by name Spc. Haron Lagat who was representing Texas Tech finished in the men race with a record time of 49 minutes and 23 seconds.
The race attracts many sponsors and interested parties to participate. ADS Inc, a major contractor for the United States defense forces in different sectors and departments, was represented in the race. ADS Inc. is also involved in serving the diving community in the local military. The 2017 race main sponsors were PWC, Leonardo DRS, Navy Federal Credit Union, GD, AAFMAA, SOSI, Kaplan University, SORB and Comcast NBCUniversal. Sponsors and other partners outside the army made the 2017 Army 10 Miler successful.