The Army put on a strong showing on Sunday 11 October at its namesake race as soldiers swept the top spots and ended the race in a close finish.
Pfc. Paul Chelimo of Fort Carson, Colo., claimed first place by mere milliseconds, winning the 31st Army Ten-Miler with an unofficial time of 48:19.57.
Spc. Nicholas Kipruto of Fort Hood, Texas, crossed the finish line a split-second later at 48:19.79. Despite being teammates on the Army team, the 31-year-old was giving it all in the last 100-meters in an attempt to overtake Chelimo in a friendly rivalry.
“When it comes to that...it’s more like who really wants it? It comes down to how good you plan for it,” Kipruto said. “As much as he’s my teammate, at the end of the day I want to kick [his rear].”
Still, Kipruto was reveling in the fact that Army men swept the leaderboard. Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir came in third with a time of 48:20. Spc. Augustus Maiyo, who won the Marine Corps Marathon in 2012, came in fourth at 48:28.
“This was special,” Kipruto said. “And I’m glad I’m a part of it.”
As part of his first-place winnings, Chelimo was given a U.S. flag that was flown over the Pentagon. He plans to put it up in a spot at home where it’ll serve as a reminder of what it’s like to be on top.