The Army Ten Miler: History, Tips and Cool Facts

Every year, many prepare for the marathon of marathons. The Army Ten Miler brings out civilians and military personnel for a foot race that is run in our nation’s capital.

In today’s post, we are going to take a look at the Army Ten Miler. We will provide the history, some cool facts and tips on this long marathon. If you have ever run in the Army Ten Miler, we would love to hear when and how you finished. You can do that at the end of this post in the comments section.


The fitness personnel of the Army Headquarters Staff at the Pentagon created the Army 10 Miler in 1985. At first, logistics support of the Washington Military District oversaw all aspects of this race, but as the race grew in stature, the need for a full time staff was evident. The Military District hired a full time staff.

From 1985 until 2000, the Army 10 Miler was run every year. In 2001, the terrorists attacked New York and the Pentagon, so the race was cancelled. The years following have found highly “beefed up” security measures. In 2005, Washington DC police noticed a suspicious package along the race route, so the race was detoured. Because of the detour, the 2005 Army 10 Miler was not scored, and it was determined runners actually ran over 11 miles.

The 2007 Army 10 miler was held in very hot conditions. One runner, Michael Banner, collapsed and died. He was near the finish line.

In 2009 and 2010, because so many service members who normally ran in the Army 10 Miler were stationed in the Middle East, shadow runs were held. In 2009, a shadow run was held in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and in 2010, shadow runs were held at 6 locations in Afghanistan, 5 locations in Iraq and also in Djibouti, Africa.


The Army 10 Miler will accept runners from both military and civilian people. Divisions consist of:

  • Open Men

  • Open Women

  • Commanders Cup Men: Male service members from same group, duty station, division, etc….

  • Commanders Cup Women: Female service members from same group, duty station, division, etc….

  • Commanders Cup Mixed: Mixed gender service members from same group, duty station, division, etc….

  • Sergeants Major: All E9s

  • All Comers: Any entrants of any age or gender

  • International Army: Foreign service members

  • Corporate: Corporate or company employees

  • Active Duty Masters: Service members 40+ years of age.

  • Open Masters: Any that are 40+ years of age.

  • National Guard: Guard members

  • Reserve: Reserve members

  • Government employees: City, County, State or Federal employees

  • ROTC or Military Academy

  • First Responders

As you can plainly see, there are many different teams. These are the top male and female finishers of each year:

  1. 1985 Kevin McGarry, 50:05 Marianne Dickerson, 58:45

  2. 1986 Steve O’Connell, 50:26 Marianne Dickerson, 57:33

  3. 1987 Darrell General, 49:44 Pam Briscoe, 59:10

  4. 1988 Darrell General, 50:11 Marianne Dickerson, 56:46

  5. 1989 Michael Regan, 50:11 Laura Dewald, 58:20

  6. 1990 Jim Hage, 49:31 Olga Markova, 58:15

  7. 1991 Unnamed 48:49 Shelley Burns, 1:00:21

  8. 1992 David Clark, 50:49 Laurel Park, 58:24

  9. 1993 Jim Hage, 50:37 Callie Calhoun, 59:29

  10. 1994 Peter Weilerman, 48:33 Bonnie Barnard-Lopez, 56:59

  11. 1995 Ronnie Harris, 48:59 Susan Molloy, 56:20

  12. 1996 Michael Bernstein, 47:59 Chris Udovich, 58:35

  13. 1997 Dan Browne, 47:44 Chris Udovich, 56:58

  14. 1998 Dan Browne, 48:52 Alisa Harvey, 58:56

  15. 1999 Chris Graff, 48:21 Alisa Harvey, 57:47

  16. 2000 Sammy Ngatia, 48:50 Naoko Ishibe, 56:40

  17. 2001 Canceled

  18. 2002 Ryan Kirpatrick, 48:35 Casey Smith, 58:21

  19. 2003 John Henwood, 48:49 Alisa Harvey, 59:29

  20. 2004 Dan Browne, 47:32 Casey Smith, 57:32

  21. 2005 No scoring due to race detour

  22. 2006 Jared Nyamboki, 48:24 Alisa Harvey, 59:00

  23. 2007 Jose Ferreira, 49:21 Firaya Zhdanova, 58:31

  24. 2008 Reginaldo Campos, Jr, 48:59 Veena Reddy, 58:08

  25. 2009 Alena Reta, 46:59 Samia Akbar, 55:25

  26. 2010 Alene Reta, 47:10 Aziza Abate, 55:54

  27. 2011 Tesfaye Sendeku, 47:51 Tezata Dengera, 56:35

  28. 2012 Tesfaye Sendeku, 47:48 Kerri Gallagher, 56:09

  29. 2013 Solonei Silva, 48:04 Kerri Gallagher, 54:56

  30. 2014 Solonei Silva, 48:28 Kerri Gallagher, 54:50

  31. 2015 Paul Chelimo, 48:19 Tina Muir, 55:20


The Army 10 Miler is usually held in the month of October. Normally, things are cooling down, but for any run of this length, it is wise to have plenty of hydration. Also, I recommend that the pre-race pasta dinner could be a bad idea. While you may want to go, take it easy on the pasta, or you may have a difficult race.

You want to register early, because the cap for runners is set at 35,000. Runners start in waves based on pace times.

Any other questions can be asked at the Army 10 Miler office. The phone number is 202-685-3361 and the email is

Army 10 Miler on Social Media

You can find a lot from those who are operating the Army 10 Miler on social media.

Final Thoughts

If you were wondering where the money raised goes, it is used to help sustain the soldier MWR program.

Have you raced in the Army 10 Miler? Is it a race you may consider running next October? The race starts and ends at the Pentagon. I dare you to run. If you have run this marathon, please tell us how you did, what year you ran it and any tips you would offer others who may be considering running this race.

What are your thoughts? Please share your comments or questions about the Army 10 Miler below. Thank you.

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