WASHINGTON — Aron Rono led the U.S. All-Army Team to a second-place finish Oct. 20, behind Brazil in the 29th running of the Army Ten-Miler on a crisp, sunny morning.
The top three overall finishers were with the Brazilian Army, led by Solonei Silva with a time of 48:04, Paulo Paula at 48:06, and Frank Caldeira, who finished in 48:08.
Rono finished the race fifth overall with a time of 48:18. Army teammate Augustus Maiyo finished seventh at 49:00, and Elkaneah Kibet finished eighth with a time of 49:33.
The Mountain Post Men from Fort Carson, Colo., won the Commander’s Cup, finishing in first place in the Active Duty Men’s Division, led by Edwin Sang with a time of 50:18. Second in the divison was the JBLM Men from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Fort Bragg Men finished third.
The Fort Bragg Women finished first in Active Duty Women’s Division, led by Emily Potter with a time of 57:51. Fort Eustis, Va., took first place in the Active Duty Mixed Division, led by Bryce Livingston with a time of 52:15.
Army leaders who cheered on the participants included Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John Campbell, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack.
More than 26,000 people completed the race, according to the results. Chandler said it’s always motivating seeing so many people participating, doing something positive and staying Army Strong.
The race, which began and ended at the Pentagon, twisted and turned through the nation’s capital and took runners past Arlington National Cemetery, and the Lincoln Memorial and other sites along the National Mall.
Onlookers lined the streets, and cheered and waved as the racers passed. Soldiers manned water stations, and Army musicians provided entertainment on points along the route. Hundreds of volunteers supported the event.
At the awards ceremony, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, commanding general of the Military District of Washington, expressed his gratitude to everyone who put time and energy into make the event such a huge success.
“I just want to thank all our Soldiers, all our Family members, all our sponsors, more than 900 volunteers put this race together. We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Buchanan.
The top male finisher, 31-year-old Silva of Brazil, said through an interpreter that it was a special feeling to win, and he was honored to represent his country in the race.
Kerri Gallagher, 24, was the first-place female finisher, with a time of 54:56. This was her 2nd consecutive first-place finish.
Gallagher, who is an assistant track coach at American University, said she enjoys the Army Ten-Miler and that she trained by running “a lot” of miles.
This season she has raced in two 10k runs, as well as a 5K, she said.
“As a middle distance runner, I really don’t have much planned for distance races other than try to hold on if I can,” she said.
“I pretty much approach each of these road distances the same, but they just get more challenging as they get longer,” she said with a chuckle.