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449 DEPLOYED CALIFORNIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARDSMEN PARTICIPATED IN LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL CITY BANK HALF MARATHON IN IRAQ

October 18, 2010

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449 DEPLOYED CALIFORNIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARDSMEN PARTICIPATED IN LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL CITY BANK HALF MARATHON IN IRAQ

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq – Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), from Long Beach, Calif., held their own Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon on Oct. 17 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. The event was held the same day as the full and half marathons that are taking place in Long Beach, Calif.

449 Soldiers and civilians from COB Adder ran in the event, and around 200 Soldiers from Long Beach participated in the event through running, walking or volunteering their time as the hosting unit. The overall male winner was 2nd Lieutenant Jon Anderson, Age 25, won in a time of 1:12:46. The overall female winner was Kalynn Waltrip, Age 22, in a time of 1:26:02

“Being so far away from home, we try to find ways to keep people engaged and participate in functions that bring us closer as a unit. We have so many runners and walkers in our unit as well as on the base, we thought it would be nice to bring a taste of California to Iraq,” said 1st Lt. Evelyn Scott, the event’s coordinator and deputy of base operations with the 224th Special Troops Battalion, 224th Sust. Bde., and a San Diego, Calif., native.

When initially asked to help, event organizer RUN Racing was thrilled to assist. “We were honored to help the brave men and women of the Army National Guard participate and get a bit of home while being away. We hope they all enjoy the race, and most importantly, come home safe and sound after they complete their deployment,” said John Parks, EVP of RUN Racing.

RUN Racing has provided event shirts, goodie bags, medals and banners to the Brigade so help them host their own Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon event. In addition, prizes have been donated for the winners including two JetBlue round trip airline tickets, courtesy of JetBlue, pairs of Brooks Running Shoes, and several local restaurant gift certificates from Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria, Gladstone’s in Long Beach and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

To acknowledge their involvement, Lieutenant Georgina Rodriguez from the National Guard Brigade was recognized at the Start Line and then also ran the Half Marathon in Long Beach.

2010 Long Beach International City Bank Marathon sponsors include: Title Sponsor – International City Bank; Corporate Sponsors, JetBlue Airways – Official Airlines; Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital – Official Hospitals; the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company – 5K Sponsor; the Aquarium of the Pacific – Kids Run Sponsor; Runners High – Official Running Specialty Store; Brooks – Official Shoe; Buono’s Pizzeria – Official Pizza; Cliff Bar – the Official Energy Bar and Energy Gel; Michelob Ultra – Finish Line Festival sponsor; SA Recycling – Official Recycler; and Long Beach Hyatt Hotel – Official Headquarters Hotel. Community Partners include AMP 97.1, BNSF Railway, the Port of Long Beach, the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Long Beach Associates, and California State University Long Beach.

The International City Bank Long Beach Marathon will have approximate 25,000 participants and events include the Marathon, Half Marathon, Bubba Gump “Run Forrest Run” 5K, 26.2-mile Bike Tour and the Aquarium of the Pacific Kids Run. The website is HTTP://WWW.RUNLONGBEACH.COM

About RUN Racing: Led by Olympic Gold Medalist Bob Seagren, RUN Racing specializes exclusively in the development, management and implementation of endurance, health, fitness and special events. RUN Racing events include the OC Marathon held in May; the Pacific Open Water Festivals held in June and August; the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon held in October; the Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K & 5K held on Thanksgiving Day and the LA County Half Marathon held in December. “Follow RUN Racing on Twitter for event information (@RUNRacing) and find The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon on Facebook for interactive event information (Long Beach International City Bank Marathon)”

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