Sunday, March 28, 2010

Student photo story: Race Day

Runners begin their journey at the starting line of the 5th Annual Suntrust National Marathon.

Photos & Story by Seaman Martin L. Carey

More than 12,000 participants lined up to race at the Sun Trust National Marathon in Washington D.C. March 20, 2010. Runners were able to participate in the team relay, half marathon or the full marathon, 26.2 miles. The United States Naval Academy Marathon Team were the official pace setters for runners looking to complete the marathon at a specific time. The marathon was filled with many new and experienced runners.

Military servicemembers were a large spotlight for this marathon including Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. A U.S. Navy petty officer sang the national anthem prior to the race beginning.

A runner cools off by pouring water on his head.

A group arrives at the mile 17 aid station for a quick drink on the go.

Forget winning, just finishing a marathon is an accomplishment.

An exhausted runner rests after completing the 5th Annual Suntrust 5 National Marathon in Washington, D.C. March 20, 2010.

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