It was a stimulating run through the twists and turns of Prince William Forest Park for the 1,749 finishers in the Marine Corps 17.75K held in Prince William County, Va., on Saturday.
Former U.S. Army runner Steven Henry of Odenton, Md., won the Marine Corps-themed, 11.03-mile event in 1:04:25. Henry, 38, is a retired infantry soldier and five-time Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) finisher who previously completed the Marathon while a member of the U.S. Army’s elite running team.
“I guess I am in a lot better shape than I thought I was,” Henry said. “It was challenging and very tough but I really enjoy it.”
Finishing just over a minute behind was Jeremy Lynch, 33 of Springfield, Va., who ran 1:05:08.
“This is one event that captures the essence of the Marine Corps because it’s one where you have to take hill after hill and meet the challenge just like a Marine,” said Lynch.
On the women’s side, Kelly Swain, 28, of Arlington, Va., finished first among the ladies in 1:14:02.
“I thought the course was tough and at one point around mile five I thought I was tanking but then I really picked up my pace,” she said. “I really want to run the Marine Corps Marathon.”
Those who ran the 17.75K race are now guaranteed access to the 39th Marine Corps Marathon in October.