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Blue Collar Running: Camp Phoenix Marathon Kabul, Afghanistan
by: LetsRun.com
September 12, 2007

A while back there was a super popular thread "Yuppie Running vs. Blue Collar Running" on the message boards.

We thought of having the Blue Collar Runner of the Month on letsrun.com but have not gotten around to it.

We also figured if we ever had blue collar runner of the month, that someone in the military would probably be the first winner.

So when we got an email on the Camp Phoenix Marathon in Kabul, Afghanistan (6,000 feet) we were impressed. These men and women are thousands of miles from home, with very little time to train, are at altitude, and surrounded by dust. Far from ideal conditions to train in. Yet they find time to run, and run marathons.  Throw in the fact they are defending this great country of ours and are putting their lives on the line on a daily basis and it's way, way more impressive.

So congrats to them. And if you have any ideas for our official first Blue Collar Runner of the Month email us.

Email below:

Congratulations to the following warriors who completed the Camp Phoenix
Marathon on 31 August. A whopping 26.2 miles!

Maj Jim Seeley                    4:01:36
LT Brunson DePass         4:10:06
MSG Gary Shaw     4:37:00
SCPO Maureen Schmitt   4:39:00
1SG Macdonald Hamilton 4:48:01
Cpt Corey Jewell              5:15:58
1SG Mike Hoskins           5:17:00
LT Myer Gribbins              5:25:12
LT Chris Turner                5:44:21
Cpt Terry Hufstickler         6:10:00

Our thanks to:

Capt McLeod
DFAC, WO1 Chandler & MSG White
Mr. Stan & all the folks at KBR
Coach Gerry Alexander
All the Volunteers

Special thanks to the Navy Chief Selects who organized the event,
staffed the hydration stations & cheered on the runners.

V/r SKCS Schmitt
Phoenix Running Club

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