Marines in Afghanistan Run Marathon

Thousands of miles away from Washington, D.C., another Marine Corps Marathon took place – this one in Afghanistan.

More than 300 U.S. and coalition military forces ran 26.2 miles at Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. This is the fifth year for their Marine Corps Marathon Forward.


Sgt. Bryan Peterson said one Marine ran in his combat utility uniform, the current battledress for the Marines, except for the top so he could pay respect to those who have fallen.

Peterson said a female Marine, running her first marathon ever, ran in memory of a friend who past away from an IED blast in Afghanistan.

The camp is 8 ½ hours ahead so they finished well before anyone in D.C. More than 32,000 people ran in the Washington Marine Corps Marathon. Bedana Girma, 33, was the unofficial winner with a time of 2:20:17.

Check out some of the image galleries from the Afghanistan MCM, courtesy of the CEG Production and Distribution Team.

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