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At the Races

West Point Half Marathon, March 22, 2015–Don Manfria

West Point 1/2 marathon recap:
This morning I had the pleasure of running The West Point 1/2 Marathon, it has been going on for 5 years but this is the 1st time it was open to civilians. MonaAnnie and I drove up together, and there was a strong ERC presence there, RoselynnJoePaulaRaymondLisa there were probably more of us there that I missed.

About the Race ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW. This course was beautiful and inspiring at the same time. There were some very challenging hills. The 1st 2 miles there was some nice down hills runs and then it flattened out till about 4. 5 miles in then, the climbs began and they were big climbs. There was another nice sized hill at around mile 6.5 .Then from mile 8.5 to 9 was another steep hill, and it was cruel joke because at that point everyone thought the hills were done, even from miles 9.5 to mile 10 there was a nice little drop ( same as the 1st mile of the course) but at mile 10.5 to 11.5 we climbed again . As hard as the coarse was I thoroughly enjoyed it, I almost certainly will run it again. But what really got me were the mile markers, each one was dedicated to a fallen soldier with their picture with a note where they were killed in action and the date. In fact one female soldier who was running at my pace stopped and did 10 push-ups at every fallen soldiers picture. There wasn’t a dry eye in the group I was with when at one of the mile markers was the family of that fallen soldier and they were there cheering the runners on. When his Mom began to cry when the female soldier was doing push-ups at his picture it was very moving. It probably the most heartfelt moment I have ever had during a race. The race swag was great also the shirt was nice and instead of a medal we all got bronze type dog tags (Picture on FB page ). But the most prized gift I received was rubber bracelet of 1st LT Tom Martin – KIA Oct 14, 2007. That will be on my wrist till it falls apart.

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