Reta defends his championship in annual Army Ten-Miler
2010 Army Ten-Miler
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 24, 2010
ARLINGTON, Va. — For the second year in a row, Alene Reta won the Army Ten-Miler on Sunday, finishing with an time of 47 minutes, 10 seconds.
“Today is very nice weather,” said Reta, who is originally from Ethiopia and now lives in Manhattan. “It’s very good, and I like the warm weather. I run well always, so I am happy, you know, just I won this Army Ten-Miler, defending champion last year. I keep the championship.”
Reta said he started out fast but slowed down during the last couple miles. He credited his training for giving him the discipline to push through to the end.
The first finisher in the women's race was 25-year-old Aziza Abate of Ellicott City, Md., with a time of 55:54.
Second place in the women’s competition went to Army Capt. Kelly B. Calway with a time of 57:20.
“I feel great. I feel fantastic,” said Calway, who is stationed at Fort Carson, Colo. “It is everything I dreamed of and more.”
She added that her husband is in Afghanistan right now, but he was cheering for her from afar. “I heard him during the race,” she said.
Calway said the last hill was difficult, but she was inspired to keep going by one of her friends who recently lost his legs in Afghanistan.
“I was running for him,” she said. “My legs were hurting, but not nearly as much as he was. I was thinking about him during that race, and every time I thought it sucked, I pushed harder.”
About 30,000 people participated in Sunday’s race in Washington, D.C., including Staff Sgt. Alicia Anderson of U.S. Army Europe’s female team.
“I’m here to support the troops,” said Anderson, who is stationed at Grafenwoehr, Germany. “I think this is a great event. … All this money goes back to supporting our troops: MWR, wounded warriors, so I’m out here for that.”
Capt. Adolph Dubose is currently in the United States, but the U.S. Army Africa team allowed him to run with them because he was stationed in Vicenza, Italy, for about three years.
“It’s a really beautiful race — great opportunity for camaraderie,” he said. “I saw people I haven’t seen for 10 years here at this event, so it’s a nice way to bring the Army together.”
Spc. Charles Shaffer was one of the first wounded warriors to cross the finish line on Sunday. He was wounded in Iraq on Sept. 1, 2008.
Shaffer used to love to run before he lost his right leg. Now he is able to take part in races using a hand bike. Next week, he’ll take part in the Marine Corps Marathon.
“If you want to stay in the military, you have to be fit.” he said.
This story was updated at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday.