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17.75K is first step toward Marine Corps Marathon

By Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm | | April 19, 2014

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In 1775 formation, Abbey Bruckner, Jenny Dugan, Sarah Guthier and Betsy McKenna cross the finish line of the 2014 Marine Corps 17.75K at Prince William Forest Park in Prince William County, on April 12, 2014. The team maintained their formation for the entire race during their second year competing in the 17.75K race, finishing in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 42 seconds.

In 1775 formation, Abbey Bruckner, Jenny Dugan, Sarah Guthier and Betsy McKenna cross the finish line of the 2014 Marine Corps 17.75K at Prince William Forest Park in Prince William County, on April 12, 2014. The team maintained their formation for the entire race during their second year competing in the 17.75K race, finishing in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 42 seconds. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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Runners participate in the first Marine Corps Marathon event of the year, the Marine 17.75K, in Prince William Forest Park on April 12, 2014. The first runner finished the 11.03-mile race in just under one hour.

Runners participate in the first Marine Corps Marathon event of the year, the Marine 17.75K, in Prince William Forest Park on April 12, 2014. The first runner finished the 11.03-mile race in just under one hour. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Samuel Ellis)


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Runners participate in the first Marine Corps Marathon event of the year, the Marine 17.75K, in Prince William Forest Park on April 12, 2014. The first runner finished the 11.03-mile race in just under one hour.

Runners participate in the first Marine Corps Marathon event of the year, the Marine 17.75K, in Prince William Forest Park on April 12, 2014. The first runner finished the 11.03-mile race in just under one hour. (Photo by Cpl. Samuel Ellis)


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Steven Henry, from Odenton, Md., and a retired U.S. Army infantry soldier, pose at the finish line of the 2014 Marine Corps 17.75K at Prince William Forest Park in Prince William County on April 12, 2014. Henry completed the unique course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 24 seconds.

Steven Henry, from Odenton, Md., and a retired U.S. Army infantry soldier, pose at the finish line of the 2014 Marine Corps 17.75K at Prince William Forest Park in Prince William County on April 12, 2014. Henry completed the unique course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 24 seconds. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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Steven Henry, from Odenton, Md., and a retired U.S. Army infantry soldier, crosses the finish line of the 2014 Marine Corps 17.75K at Prince William Forest Park in Prince William County on April 12, 2014. Henry completed the unique course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 24 seconds.

Steven Henry, from Odenton, Md., and a retired U.S. Army infantry soldier, crosses the finish line of the 2014 Marine Corps 17.75K at Prince William Forest Park in Prince William County on April 12, 2014. Henry completed the unique course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 24 seconds. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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Marine Corps Base Quantico -- Just under 1,750 runners tackled the hills of Prince William Forest Park located just outside the main gate of Marine Corps Base Quantico during the Marine Corps 17.75K on April 12, 2014. Those who finished were given “Access Granted” passes that qualified them to sign up for the 39th Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26, 2014.

Jeremy Lynch, from Springfield, Va., crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 25 seconds after the gunshot signaled the start of the race. Kelly Swain, an Arlington, Va., native, finished almost 10 minutes later in 1:14:02.

“That course was more challenging that I thought it would be,” said Swain. “There was a hill right at the 5-mile marker that I thought would be the end of me, but once I got toward the end of the race, I got my second wind.”

The hills would be one of the most prominent things the runners remembered about the race.

“These hills were crazy,” said Andy Canigiani, from Woodbridge, “I’ll just say that after that race, the ‘Access Granted’ pass is a great prize.”

The “Access Granted” passes allows the finishers of the 17.75K race to have register for the sold-out 39th Marine Corps Marathon.

The 17.75K race sold out in less than 10 minutes when registration opened in February.

“My wife, Angela, and I were on the phone with each other when registration opened,” said Nick Amico, from Tega Cay, S.C. “She got in and I didn’t. I came to support her and am glad she had a good race.”

Runners ages spanned almost eight decades with the youngest runner being 14 years old and the oldest 82.

Richard Ferry, an 82-year old Battle of Chosin Reservoir survivor, finished the race in 2:53:59. “Those were some serious hills out there,” said Ferry after he crossed the finish line. “Hopefully my next race won’t be as up and down that one.”

Ferry was featured in a story in last week’s edition of the Quantico Sentry under the headline, “Chosin Reservoir survivor to run the Marine Corps 17.75K” by Cpl. Samuel Ellis.

The 39th Marine Corps Marathon is scheduled for October 26, 2014. Registration is closed except for those who earned the “Access Granted” pass. Registration for those individuals ended Monday.
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