Alaska’s soldiers are proved they’re among the best of the best after tackling the U.S. Army 10-Miler run in Washington, D.C. over the weekend.

The 14 members of the US Army Alaska team raced with 35,000 other runners through the streets of our nation’s capitol on Sunday. Spc. Chelsea Scheuerman was among them. She was the only woman racing for Alaska and set a personal best time.

“I just kept telling myself I had a couple more miles until I saw my husband and my baby and then by the time I got there I was almost done,” she said. “My overall time was an hour and eight minutes, 30 seconds.”

The Alaska team had runners from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright. Team captain 1st Lt. Marcus Farris said it’s a great way to bring the bases together while focusing on fitness.

“Just to have that extra goal and impetus to keep your endurance fitness up is a really special event and there are not a whole lot of other opportunities like that,” he said.

Thousands of runners come from all over the world to take part in the 10-mile run. U.S. Army Alaska has a seven-member men’s team and a seven-member mixed team. The men’s team placed sixth out of 29 and the mixed team placed 10th out of 42.

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