Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shadow Marathon at Camp Taji, Iraq

You'd be hard pressed to find a better story at this year's LA Marathon than the 500 soldiers who simultaneously ran a marathon at Camp Taji in Iraq.  We heard from Lt. Jeremy Arnett a few months ago, and we were able to ship out boxes of LA Marathon technical shirts, Clif Bars and a finish line banner that he hung from two Howitzers.  Starting at 5 am to avoid the 113 degree temperatures, these brave men and women ran two laps of a 13.1-mile course.  What an incredible way to commemorate Memorial Day.  In the process, they raised $7,000 for the families of fallen soldiers in their brigade.

We salute the soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan who participated in the 2009 Los Angeles Marathon.  Here's a slideshow that includes photos from both countries.


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