Ballas wins women's Armed Forces Marathon

Ramstein’s Elissa Ballas ran the 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon in two hours, 53.51 minutes Sunday in Washington, D.C., to claim the 2012 Armed Forces women’s marathon championship, according to a news release from Armed Forces Sports director Kenneth Polk.

Ballas’ run, when combined with the time of Armed Forces women’s runner-up  Brenda Schrank of Andrews AFB, Md., lifted the Air Force women to the team title, almost seven minutes ahead of the Army women. Schrank clocked 2:59.06.
Other than Ballas, no Europe-based runners medaled in the Armed Forces event, which was run in conjunction with the USMC race. The Army, led by overall winner Augustus Maiyo of Fort Carson, Colo., topped the men’s team standings in the interservice portion of the race. Maiyo clocked 2:20:20 for the 26-mile event.







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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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