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Army Marathon set for March 2 in Killeen

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 25, 2014

Miss that blissful feeling in your quads that only comes from running 26.2 miles at a stretch? Didn’t get enough at the Austin Marathon?

Head to Killeen for the Army Marathon on March 2.

The race covers a point-to-point course that starts near Fort Hood in Killeen and ends in nearby Temple. Or skip the marathon and opt for the half marathon (new this year!) or 5K options.

Organizers scheduled the race for March 2 to commemorate Texas Independence Day. The event honors members of the military and their families and raises money and awareness for organizations that serve them, said marathon president Ed Bandas.

Last year’s inaugural race drew more than 900 runners and raised almost $25,000 for charity.

Eight handcycle athletes, all wounded warriors, are registered for the race. Members of the Army Cycling Team will ride alongside them to help clear the path and show solidarity. Dozens of runners from Team RWB will run with American flags. And organizers expect a large presence from Texas Army National Guard members.

“You can’t imagine how our committee feels every time we hear a story about our participant’s motivation to run this race. I challenge anyone to not shed a tear,” Banda said.

For more information or to register go to www.thearmymarathon.com.