Meet the Redstone Arsenal Ten-Miler Team Runners
September 18, 2009
- Riddle is in his third year with the Ten-Miler Team. Last year he finished in 50 minutes and 51 seconds, better than his 52:31 in 2007.
- Hobbs, a retired chief warrant officer 5, coaches Redstone's team.
- Biondi qualified this year for the Boston Marathon with a 3:38 at the Shamrock Marathon in March in Virginia Beach, Va.
- McFarland has run for Team Redstone every year since 2002.
Name: David Riddle
Job: Aerospace engineer with the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center
Highlights: Riddle is in his third year with the Ten-Miler Team. ... Last year he finished in 50 minutes and 51 seconds, better than his 52:31 in 2007. ... He was the top local finisher in Huntsville's annual Cotton Row Run 10K on Memorial Day in 32:03. ... In his first marathon, Riddle ran 2:27 and placed fifth in the Rocket City Marathon in December. ... He did a 14:38 5K in the 2005 Penn Relays and a 31:27 10K in the 2007 Azalea Trail Run. ... He ran collegiately for Auburn University and in high school for Bob Jones High.
Name: Tim Vinson
Job: Assistant product manager at the Program Executive Office for Aviation
Highlights: Vinson is in his fourth year with the Ten-Miler Team. ... The retired major finished last year's Army Ten-Miler in 1:02:46. ... His best time was 1:01:53 in 2006. ... A Madison resident, Vinson placed 10th overall in the Mountain Mist 50K in 4:42:12 in January at Monte Sano. ... He did the New York City Marathon (2:55:05) in November and the Rocket City Marathon (2:54:38) in December.
Name: Nathan Graham
Job: Electronics engineer, JLENS Product Office, CMDS Project Office
Highlights: Graham started running local races at age 9. ... He ran cross country and track at Lawrence County High. ... He ran cross country at Northwest Community College and at the University of Alabama-Huntsville from 1992-95. ... Graham's first Army Ten-Miler for Redstone was in 1999. ... His best time was 1:02:16 in 2003.
Name: Maj. Brian Hackenberg
Job: Assistant program manager within the European Component Project Office at the Missile Defense Agency
Highlights: Hackenberg has completed two marathons, finishing in 3:08 and 3:05. ... He has done several half-marathons with a personal best of 1:18:30. ... He ran the Army-Ten Miler for the Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., team in 1999 and as an individual in 2007. ... His best time at the Ten-Miler is 1:01:10.
Name: Harry Hobbs
Job: Professor of military science at Columbia High
Highlights: Hobbs, a retired chief warrant officer 5, coaches Redstone's team. ... He was 1999 coach/runner for Fort Rucker's active duty open mixed champions at the Army Ten-Miler, 2003 coach/runner for the Fort Sill (Okla.) civilian open mixed champions, and coach/runner in 2007 and 2008 for Redstone's government agency champions. ... His best time was 1:02:37 in 2000. ... He finished a 5K at Fort Rucker in 17:39 in 1999.
Name: Randy McFarland
Job: Materials engineer, AMRDEC
Highlights: McFarland has run for Team Redstone every year since 2002. ... His fastest Army Ten-Miler time was 1:01:16 in 2002. ... His personal best 10K time is 34:54 from 1995 in Decatur. ... McFarland did a 2:47 marathon in 1997 in Huntsville. ... He began running in junior high school and has run every year since - with the exception of a four-year break.
Name: Greg Reynolds
Job: Electronics engineer, AMRDEC
Highlights: Reynolds is in his first year with Redstone team. ... He has only been seriously running for a year. ... He did this year's River City 10K in a respectable 35:59.
Name: Brett Wilks
Job: Aerospace engineer, AMRDEC
Highlights: Wilks is in his first year with the team. ... He started training consistently in May 2008. ... Wilks finished this year's Rocket 10-miler in 1:09:49. ... He did the Cookie Dash 5K in 19:56. ... He hopes to finish the Army Ten-Miler in 1:05.
Name: Liz Biondi
Job: Logistics management specialist, AMCOM
Highlights: Biondi qualified this year for the Boston Marathon with a 3:38 at the Shamrock Marathon in March in Virginia Beach, Va. ... She plans to run the Boston Marathon in 2010. ... Biondi also competes in triathlons. ... She has been running since college. ... She won her age group in the Hair of the Dog 5K (23:47) on New Year's Day in Virginia Beach. ... Biondi placed second in her age group in the Race for Literacy half-marathon (1:48:32) last Nov. 29 in Suffolk, Va.
Name: Jason Gilliam
Job: Mechanical engineer, AMRDEC
Highlights: This is Gilliam's third year on the team. ... His best finish at the Army Ten-Miler was 1:07:56 in 2007. ... His 10-mile best is 1:03:15 from the Rocket Run in Mooresville in March. .... Gilliam's 5K best is 18:33 and his best marathon is 3:18.27. ... He has been running seriously for four years.
Name: Capt. Laura Matejik
Job: Chief of military justice, AMCOM
Highlights: Matejik is in her second year with the team. ... She ran 1:18:07 last year. ... Matejik did the Marine Corps Marathon in 2005, the National Marathon in 2006 (3:42) and 2007, the National Half-Marathon in 2008 (1:37:22) and the Nipmuck Trail Marathon in 2001.
Name: Brad Schroeder
Job: Mechanical engineer, JAMS Project Office
Highlights: This is Schroeder's second year with the team. ... He finished in 55 minutes last year, second best on the team behind David Riddle (50:51). ... The Shelby, Ohio native ran cross country and track for Ohio Northern University from 2002-06. ... In college he ran a 14:46 5K and 4:18 mile.
Name: Jason Reneau
Job: Electronics engineer at AMRDEC
Highlights: This is Reneau's second year with the team. ... He finished in 56:59 last year, third best on the team. ... The Murphysboro, Ill., native has run a 2:38 marathon.
Editor's note: Other members of Redstone's Ten-Miler team include Col. Bob Pastorelli, Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Cooper and assistant coach Skip Vaughn.