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Spc. Elias Chesire, an aircraft mechanic stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, comes in first place overall at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Spc. Elias Chesire, an aircraft mechanic stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, comes in first place overall at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Spc. Elias Chesire, an aircraft mechanic stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, comes in first place overall at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Spc. Elias Chesire, an aircraft mechanic stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, comes in first place overall at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Spc. Michael Biwott finishes in second place, with a run time of 52 minutes and 54 seconds at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Spc. Michael Biwott finishes in second place, with a run time of 52 minutes and 54 seconds at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Spc. Ruth Keino approaches the finish line as she comes in first place for female runners at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Spc. Ruth Keino approaches the finish line as she comes in first place for female runners at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

A group of runners approaches the finish line together at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

A group of runners approaches the finish line together at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

The crowds cheer as Maj. Richard Connaroe crosses the finish line at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

The crowds cheer as Maj. Richard Connaroe crosses the finish line at the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Runners motivate each other during the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Runners motivate each other during the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Spc. Hyungkon Son and Capt. Cheryl Ryan race to the finish line during the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Spc. Hyungkon Son and Capt. Cheryl Ryan race to the finish line during the Army 10-miler qualification run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Soldiers from across Europe ran for the chance to compete in the prestigious Army 10-Miler at the qualification run in Grafenweohr, Germany, on Saturday.

The top six male and six female runners from Saturday’s qualifier race will represent U.S. Army Europe at the annual race in Washington in October.

Spc. Elias Chesire was the first to cross the finish line with a run time of 51 minutes and 32 seconds, setting a new record for the Grafenwoehr track. Spc. Ruth Keino finished first among female runners.

“It’s an honor to represent (USAEUR) at the race in D.C.,” Keino said. “It was a hard run. I brought the wrong shoes, and my training wasn’t as good as it should have been. I’m hoping to do better in D.C.”

egnash.martin@stripes.com Twitter: @Marty_Stripes

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