By Kendra Moore, USAG HumphreysOctober 25, 2012
CAMP HUMPHREYS -- About 200 runners from across the Korean peninsula took part in the third annual Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run, hosted here Oct. 21.
Sergeant Christopher Mwita, assigned to Company E, 2/1 Air Defense Artillery, was the overall top finisher of the race, designed to mirror the Army's annual run in Washington, D.C., in 1 hour, 6 minutes and 56 seconds. Maj. Trisha Stavinoha, assigned to the 65th Medical Brigade, at Yongsan Garrison, took the women's crown, finishing in 1:13:46. Finishing a close second to Mwita was Men's Master champion, Robert Nott, of Daegu, with a time of 1:07:05.
After finishing, Stavinoha said, "I like winning. It feels good. I'm a sports dietician and I like to practice what I preach."
After finishing, Mwita said, "I feel great. I did (the Shadow Run) the first time and didn't make it. Today, I did."
"Today is a great day for running," said Kim, Chi-hyon, a supervisory sports specialist at the Super Gym, where the race began.
Besides ideal weather and enthusiastic observers, the runners were treated to replicas of Washington, D.C., monuments. The replicas, made of Styrofoam and braced by wood supports, included the Vietnam Memorial, the Pentagon, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, and the capitol.
"I like doing events like these to stay in shape," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Stanley, assigned to the 20th Military Police Detachment. "It kind of keeps you motivated to work out."
For the first time, the race was run during the day, beginning at 3:45 p.m. In previous years, the race began at night, kicking off almost at the same time as the race being run in the States.
"I'm here to see my father and I came to see him run" said eight-year-old Gerardo Gallardo III, "…and I'm very happy that I can congratulate them and say 'Good job.'"
"I am here to support the many troops that I have that are participating in the Ten-Miler," said Sgt. 1st Class Yolanda English, from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. She said she was excited to be there, "just to see the troops willing to support and in high spirits, to build cohesion between the teams."
The Shadow Race had five categories for participants: Men's Open (29 and under); Men's Senior (30-39); Men's Master (40-49); Women's Open (29 and under); and Women's Senior (30 and over). Trophies were presented to the top three finishers in each division and t-shirts were provided for everyone who participated.
"I just really wanted to challenge myself because I have never run that distance before," said Pfc. Rene Vega, assigned to Company B, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, who ran the race with his daughter in a stroller. "Originally, I wasn't going to do it, but, my wife said, 'You have to do it."' The highlight of the day for him was "just being able to finish."