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Soldiers Running “Shadow” Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 16, 2010
  • Updated Dec. 16, 2010 at 7:24 AM UTC

The race connects soldiers in Afghanistan with their loved ones back home.

Nearly 300 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are participating in ”shadow” races next month. The races are part of the 2011 Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk on Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

The idea, to have soldiers stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan run in a race on the same day it is occurring in Georgia, came from Navy Command Master Chief Donald “Lee” True. True ran the 2010 event and was then deployed to Afghanistan.

“We’re sending shirts and trophies to him and our shirt design this year reflects both locations,” said Pat Bartness, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Museum of Aviation Foundation.

True is a serious runner who has completed 24 marathons (12 in the past 12 months). He won the top active duty trophy at last year’s Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon.

More than 1000 runners are expected to take part in the race being held in Georgia.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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