Running among a record 30,000 people from around the world, the Wildcats of UK Army ROTC competed as a team for the first time in the event. They finished behind Virginia Tech, which won first place among ROTC groups for the second straight year, and the University of Connecticut.
UK runners completed the course with a collective time of four hours, 16 minutes, 44 seconds - a little more than two minutes behind the winning time. Though UK had seven members on the squad, only the top four times count toward the team’s overall time.
The ROTC division included 56 teams representing almost 50 schools.
With the start of school in late August, UK cadets had only trained for five weeks for the Ten-Miler.
“Next year, we’ll be even better,” said Lt. Col. Jason Cummins, professor of military science for the UK Army ROTC program. “We’ll have the whole year to work on it.”
UK team members whose times counted toward the overall time were Cummins, 1:01:03; Ahunuar Huerta, 1:01:37; Mark McCormick, 1:06:39; and Caleb Devries, 1:07:26. Other UK team members completing the race were Brennan Parker, Ben Skaggs, Josh Lynch, and Charles Hoffman.
The Army Ten-Miler is among the largest races in the country. Starting and ending at the Pentagon, the course crosses the Potomac River, running along the National Mall to loop around the U.S. Capitol building, forming a 10-mile circuit.
The event attracts runners from around the world. This year’s race featured competitors from as far away as Brazil, Japan and Korea.