It turns out that one of Fort Hood’s best runners is also one of the best in the entire Army.
Nicholas Kipruto, a Copperas Cove resident and soldier with 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took the overall silver medal at the Army Ten Miler in Washington, D.C., by posting a time of 48 minutes, 19 seconds, to earn second place. It’s both the best place and fastest time an individual from Fort Hood has run.
“We’re thrilled for him,” 69th Air Defense Artillery Capt. and Fort Hood Ten Miler team captain Justin Marburger said. “We all knew he could do it and it was a great way to end the day.”
Kipruto took the top spot for the Male 30-34 division.
A total of 24 different service members on six teams representing Fort Hood participated in the event on Sunday.
“I was very proud of all of them,” Marburger said. “Everyone did exceptionally well, hit their goals and we all competed. We’re all at the top of our divisions.”
Romedy Murr of Killeen was the 67th (56:06) finisher and came in 23rd in the male 25-29 division.
Douglas Teed of Fort Hood finished 174th overall (59:01) and 62nd among males 25-29.
Leslie McCampbell from Killeen posted a time of 1:00.14 to finish 76th among males 25-29 and 231st overall.
Moses Danes and Anthony Harding, both from Killeen, were the next top finishers from the area. Danes finished 264th overall (1:00.30) and 86th among males 25-29 while Harding finished 318th overall (1:01.43) and 22nd overall among males 40-44.
The Army Ten Miler is an annual event produced by the military district of Washington with the proceeds going to Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.
The event promotes the Army, builds spirit and support Army fitness, endurance and community relations.
The run starts and ends at the Pentagon and allowed runners to enjoy the views of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Washington Monument, the Watergate Hotel, the Korean and World War II memorials and the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
The local Army Ten Miler team will begin preparing for 2016 race in April.
“We’ll take a little time,” Marburger said. “There’s actually a half marathon down in San Antonio for active duty as well so we’re looking to possibly take some people down there.”