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Plymouth Half Marathon
Colonel Steven D. Peterson

MARINES STORM TO VICTORY AT THE PLYMOUTH HALF MARATHON

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 Plymouth, England – On a cloudy, overcast Sunday morning, the Marine Corps Running Team defeated the British Royal Navy/Marines in the annual “Warriors of the Sea Challenge” which was held in conjunction with Plymouth Half Marathon on 29 May 2011. On the men side of the competition, the top four male Marines defeated their British counterparts by a cumulative time of 9 minutes and 21 seconds. Leading the charges for the Marines was 2ndLt William Prom (5/11) with a time of 1h 11m 35s; placing him 8th overall out of over 4,400 runners.  2011-USMC-Plymouth-Winning-Teams

Also in the men’s division, Capt Rick Jennings (MCB Albany) placed 12th l, SSgt Tyler Hubbard (MCB Hawaii) placed 15th , LtCol Jeff Blackwell (OSD) placed 33d, Col Steven Peterson (M&RA) placed 44th and 2ndLt Tom Worthington (5/11) placed 50th overall.

The U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Team continued their dominance over the Royal Navy. The top two female Marines defeated their British counterparts by a cumulative time of 21 minutes and 9 seconds. 1stLt Kaitlin Koplin (HQMC C4I) lead the team with a superlative time of 1hr 21m 04s placing her 4th overall in the women’s division. Capt Maureen Carr (I&L) placed 11th and 2ndLt Sin Carrano (MAGTFTC) placed 22d overall.

The United States Marine Corps and the British Royal Navy/Marines share friendly competition at the Plymouth Half Marathon every Memorial Day weekend as the Marine Corps Marathon in October. The competition between the two teams first started in 1978 at the Marine Corps Marathon. The Marine Corps Running Team will next compete at the Marine Corps Marathon facing the British Royal Navy/Marines in the Challenge Cup, in addition to the other U.S. Armed Forces in the 2011 Armed Forces Marathon Championship. For additional information regarding the Marine Corps Running Program and the All-Marine Sports Program, please call 703-432-9106.