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.