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Wives take on 10-miler for deployed husbands

POSTED: October 6, 2007 5:04 a.m.
WASHINGTON, DC — For the last few months, a group of 37 wives at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield have been training to run the 23rd annual Army 10-Miler in honor of their deployed husbands of the 3rd Infantry Division.
For some of these women, it’s their third deployment they have had to cope with.
The Army 10-Miler provides a goal for these women that not only honors their husbands’ call to duty but allows them to support one another, get in shape and, for some, run a distance they hadn’t ever attempted.
The group tries to get together monthly for larger practices with smaller groups getting together more regularly.
According to group member Gabrielle Winton, most of the runners are doing this more for the camaraderie of the event, the idea of representing Army wives in a positive light, and to stay focused on positive things while their husbands are deployed. Some are doing it because their husband didn’t think they could run the distance and, according to Winton, those are the ones to watch out for on race day as they are determined to get to that finish line fast.
“I believe we represent the families of deployed soldiers and the spirit of Army families everywhere in that our running is one of the many ways we carry on and don’t quit while our loved ones are gone,” she said. “Running the Army 10-Miler as a group shows solidarity and a desire to keep physically healthy. But more than the physical benefits of running, we all enjoy the emotional benefits.”
Group members support one another.
“When we’re running with friends, laughing and talking through problems, things just seem better,” she said. “We have a saying that ‘the longer I run, the smaller my problems become.’ It is so true.”
Her husband, Lt. Col. Doug Winton, is deployed in Iraq for the second time.
“I think it’s important to have groups like ours out there so that people don’t forget that for every soldier serving, there is a family he or she left behind. Those families are making a huge sacrifice too and we’re just as proud to do it.”
Runners can cheer on the 37 wives of the 3rd Infantry Division on race day.

About the Army 10-Mile
The 23rd edition of America’s largest 10-mile running event takes place Oct. 7 in Washington, DC. The Association of the United States Army and KBR are the co-lead sponsors for this year’s event.
This Army tradition attracts more than 26,000 runners, of varying experience, from around the world to run a course that starts and finishes at the Pentagon and passes such national landmarks as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol.
Race weekend activities including the Race Expo, featuring more than 50 vendors, fitness clinics and an interactive zone.
The expo and all included activities are free and open to the public.
For more information on DC’s premier running event, visit www.armytenmiler.com
 

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