Army runner wins MCM

Army runner wins MCM
October 30, 2011, 5:48 pm
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The Army won the Marine Corps Marathon.

Chad Ware, a 27-year-old Army Reserve lieutenant from Wheeling, Ill., finished in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 16 seconds for the victory. He took the lead near the Capitol and held it for the last seven miles.

Turkey's Tezata Dengersa, 30, was the No. 1 women's runner, clocking 2:45:28. She beat the No. 2 female, Emily Shertzer of Jonestown, Pa., by 27 seconds.

It was little bit cold but for me, thats good, said Dengersa, who led the women's field for the entire race.

Ware finished 4:30 ahead of second-place Michael Wardian of Arlington, 37, who ran 2:23:46. Patrick Fernandez, 24, of Alexandria was third in 2:26:37.

Ware fell just short of the Olympic trials qualifying time of 2:19:00. Still, his time was the MCM's fastest since 1997.

"It wasnt until halfway through the race when I thought, Hey, I might have a chance at this, Ware said.

But he still had to face the hills near the finish line.

You really start to feel it the last two miles, Ware said.

Jonathan Mendes, a World War II and Korean War veteran and the oldest runner in the marathon at 90, finished in a bit over 7 hours.

Comedian Drew Carey, a former Marine, helped start the race for the approximately 30,000 runners.

Its a big honor to be one of the honorary starters, Carey said. Its a lucky thing that Im a celebrity so I get to do these things. There are a lot of people who are a lot more deserving who should be doing it.
Material from The Washington Post and Navy Times contributed to this report.