Newport Officer in Iraq Trains for Half-Marathon

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By 1st Lt. Nathan Lavy


Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), out of Long Beach, began training in September for the Long Beach Half Marathon that is slated for Oct. 17 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, in Iraq.

The event will be held the same day as the full and half-marathons taking place in Long Beach. The marathon is sponsored by International City Bank (ICB), and race participants will receive t-shirts, medals, goodie bags, race bibs, and raffle prizes.

One soldier, Capt. Ryan Johnson, battle captain with HHC, 224th Sust. Bde., of Newport Beach, has begun training for the race by running an average of 18 miles per week. Johnson said his goal is to average a 7:30 mile pace for the entire race, and added that his motivation is that he loves to run.

“A big thanks goes to the sponsors of the event,” said Johnson. “It’s great they are supporting the soldiers, both those from California and elsewhere.

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