Former Army runner wins Marine Corps 17.75

Former Army runner wins Marine Corps 17.75
April 12, 2014, 3:15 pm
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(Associated Press)

Former U.S. Army runner Steven Henry of Odenton, MD won the Marine Corps 17.75K event in 1:04:25. The event was held in Prince William County, Va., and had more than 1,700 runners take part.

"I guess I am in a lot better shape than I thought I was," Henry said in a statement. "It was challenging and very tough but I really enjoy it."

Henry, 38, is a retired Infantry Soldier and five-time Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) finisher who has completed the Marathon as a member of the U.S. Army's elite running team. 

Kelly Swain, 28, of Arlington, VA finished first of all the women in the race with a time of 1:14:02.

"I thought the course was tough and at one point around mile five I thought I was tanking but then I really picked up my pace," Swain said. "I really want to run the Marine Corps Marathon."

The event is named for the founding of the United States Marine Corps and part of the series of runs in conjunction with October's Marine Corps Marathon. 

Marine Corps 17.75K participants received a "guaranteed access" pass enabling them to register for the sold-out 39th Marine Corps Marathon the last weekend in October.