The Inaugural Navy Ten Nautical Miler this past weekend was a success. The CO told me that he was hoping to have about 250 runners for their first run. (The Marine Marathon had 150 runners for it’s first run). There were 440 runners at Millington and 19 runners who participated in Afghanistan the day before!!! We don’t know how much money we will derive from this first ever Navy event yet. They were not sure of just how much ‘profit’ there would be since it is their first time to attempt this, and there were expenses incurred which will not have to be expended again. They will let me know when the final tally is done. The Captain wanted so much to present me with a big check, not only in dollars, but just one of those big checks that you see pictures of in the newspaper. I kept telling him that I understand that this first year, it may not be ‘big money’ nor a ‘big check’. They were all so super nice, and kept thanking Keith and me for being there.
Folks, the winning runner ran the 10 nautical miles, over 11 statute miles, in ONE HOUR, SEVEN MINUTES AND 23 SECONDS!! It was totally amazing.
The folks who ran in Afghanistan read about the run in the NAVY TIMES and wanted to participate. There are pictures of them running in Afghanistan on the race website under ‘photos’ http://thenavy10nm.racesonline.com.racesonline.com/
Also, look at the comments made by the runners after the race on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Navy10nm
The large anchor around the heck of the CO pictured with me is what every one who completed the race was given after they came over the finish line. Really nice memento of the first Navy Marathon.
At a joint meeting of officials from several Navy bases, other base commanders have indicated that they want to join the race next year to make it a Navy-wide event! Folks, this thing could get big! It was exciting and fun to be there. Check out a few attached photos.