185th members run 38th Lincoln Marathon

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  • By Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
  • 185th ARW PA
Cold and rain soaked, nearly 13,000 runners along with volunteers turned out to participate in the 38th  running of the Lincoln National Guard Marathon on May 1, 2016 in Lincoln NEB. Members of the Iowa Guard Marathon team from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, 1st Lieutenant Marty Hogan and Senior Airman Taylor Schramm, both ran the full marathon and two other unit members, Capt. Britton Wilson and Master Sgt. Travis Metcalf, both ran the half-marathon.

The Lincoln Marathon is where Guard members can compete for a chance to be a part of the U.S. National Guard Marathon team.

Hogan, an avid runner, works as the medical admin officer for the 185th, and has run the Lincoln Marathon for the past several years. He said despite the weather the community support for the event was great.

"It is a great experience because the event is really well run, the people of Lincoln and the Nebraska National Guard are huge part of that," Said Hogan.

Two members of the Iowa Guard team, Staff Sgt. Torey Lasater who is assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters at Camp Dodge and Sgt. 1st Class James Roller assigned to Detachment 1, 832nd Engineer Company in Keokuk, Iowa both qualified for the All Guard Team at this year's event.

Hogan says there is always room on the Iowa team for guard members who are interested in marathon running and he says rain or shine it's an event you don't regret doing.

"People line the road around the entire route, as you cross the finish line there is a Two-Star General who gives you a medal and they're in your face yelling Houya! It is a huge motivator", said Hogan.

For active members of the Iowa National Guard who are interested in becoming part of the Iowa team they must first complete in a nationally certified marathon and finish in under four hours. Race results and information about the Lincoln National Guard Marathon can be found on the marathon website at http://www.lincolnmarathon.org/

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