• Each person who completed the Satellite Honolulu Marathon was awarded a finisher lei and an official Honolulu Marathon t-shirt. The leis and shirts were provided by the Honolulu Marathon committee in Hawaii. Approximately 160 runners participated in the race, sponsored by the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, on Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 14. The Warrior brigade is based out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jacob Smith, combat camera)

    Runners participate in Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji

    Each person who completed the Satellite Honolulu Marathon was awarded a finisher lei and an official Honolulu Marathon t-shirt. The leis and shirts were provided by the Honolulu Marathon committee in Hawaii. Approximately 160 runners participated in...

  • Maj. Kurt Kinney, a Utica, N.Y. native, finishes the Satellite Honolulu Marathon in a time of 3:04:02 on Dec. 14. The satellite marathon was run 8,000 miles away and twelve hours ahead of the Honolulu Marathon. 
(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd SBCT PAO)

    Runners participate in Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji

    Maj. Kurt Kinney, a Utica, N.Y. native, finishes the Satellite Honolulu Marathon in a time of 3:04:02 on Dec. 14. The satellite marathon was run 8,000 miles away and twelve hours ahead of the Honolulu Marathon. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd...

  • Soldiers run past the consolidated vehicle area during the Satellite Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 14. Maj. Ross Coffey's (left) wife later ran the Honolulu Marathon, set to run 12 hours later and 8,000 miles apart. 
(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd SBCT PAO)

    Runners participate in Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji

    Soldiers run past the consolidated vehicle area during the Satellite Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 14. Maj. Ross Coffey's (left) wife later ran the Honolulu Marathon, set to run 12 hours later and 8,000 miles apart. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd...

  • A Soldier reaches out for water during the Satellite Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 14. The satellite marathon was run on Camp Taji twelve hours before the Honolulu Marathon. 
(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd SBCT PAO)

    Runners participate in Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji

    A Soldier reaches out for water during the Satellite Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 14. The satellite marathon was run on Camp Taji twelve hours before the Honolulu Marathon. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd SBCT PAO)

  • Soldiers let out a cheer during the grueling 26.2 mile course around Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, during the Satellite Honolulu Marathon, at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 14. 
(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd SBCT PAO)

    Runners participate in Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji

    Soldiers let out a cheer during the grueling 26.2 mile course around Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, during the Satellite Honolulu Marathon, at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd SBCT PAO)

  • Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and civilians from across Multi-National Division - Bagdad take off on the Satellite Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad Dec. 14. The marathon began in chilly conditions at 7:30 a.m. with very high spirits for the runners.
(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Al Hing, 2nd SBCT PAO, 25th Inf. Div., MND-B)

    Runners participate in Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji

    Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and civilians from across Multi-National Division - Bagdad take off on the Satellite Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad Dec. 14. The marathon began in chilly conditions at 7:30 a.m. with very high...

  • – Runners near a water point during the Satellite Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 14. Approximately 160 runners participated in the race, sponsored by the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. The brigade is based out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jacob Smith, combat camera)

    Runners participate in Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji

    – Runners near a water point during the Satellite Honolulu Marathon at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 14. Approximately 160 runners participated in the race, sponsored by the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Warrior,” 25th Infantry...

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Approximately 160 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians braved the chilly morning Dec. 14 to run the Satellite Honolulu Marathon in Iraq at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad.
The 26.2-mile course weaved its way through the roads of the camp and at some points proved to challenge the runners' mental toughness.
Just over three hours, the first finisher crossed the finish line
Maj. Kurt Kinney, a Utica, N.Y., native, and the battalion surgeon for 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment, "Gimlets," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, finished first with a time of 3:04:02, The top female finisher, Spc. Navidad Caldron, a San Jose, Calif. native, who serves with Company A, 404th Aviation Support Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, MND-B crossed the finish line with a time of 3:15:46.
"I've run a few other marathons, but this is the first I've won and the first here in Iraq," said Kinney. "I've run the Boston Marathon six times, and the Honolulu Marathon twice (in Hawaii), but to be here with our Soldiers and to win is really special."
Organizer for the Marathon, 1st Lt. Clayton Cole, a native of Gunnison, Colo., and officer assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd SBCT is an avid runner, but gave up the opportunity to run to focus on executing the event. "This took a lot of effort with a lot of help, but it's a great thing for the Soldiers to be able to run and just step away from their normal missions. We wanted to give the Soldiers goals to keep them running."
Cole said he received support from Hawaii as well.
"With the help of (Hawaii) Governor (Linda) Lingle and the Honolulu Marathon guys (in Hawaii) we got support that reaches over 8,000 miles," said Cole.
The help from service members and civilians who volunteered were invaluable, said Cole. Those individuals set up and manned water and food points to keep runners hydrated and their energy levels high.
One of the runners whose wife is running in Honolulu kept her firmly in his thoughts as he pushed through cramps and the mental challenges.
"Starting around mile 13, I really started to cramp in my legs bad, but I kept going," said Lt.Col. Mark Collins, a Phoenix, native, and battalion commander for 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd SBCT. "At mile 20, the only thing that kept me going was thinking of my wife, and knowing that she would be running today."

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