In a field of 31,000 fleet-footed soldiers at the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., Spc. Jorge Hernandez finished 99th and scored in the top 0.3 percent.
“The most important thing is representing the whole Fort Hood,” Hernandez said. “It’s really amazing, because you see people coming from different states, different units, and see people coming from Iraq, Kuwait, Hawaii, Germany, the units that are overseas. I think everybody put in a lot of effort.”
Hernandez, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, finished in 56 minutes, 45 seconds, which was 31 seconds faster than his time last year.
“I set my goal because my position was 116 (last year),” he said. “That was my goal, getting in the top 100.”
Hernandez entered Washington completely focused on the race, not touring the unfamiliar city, he said. Placing ahead of all other Fort Hood runners gave him bragging rights.
He highlighted the need to spend more time practicing for future races, and believes the team can improve upon its strong performance.
Team captain Sgt. Maj. Timothy Wagley, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, said Washington bore “almost perfect” weather for the race from Arlington, Va., across the Potomac River into Washington.
First-time racers and Washington visitors are ready to run next year, he said.
“Running through the streets of D.C., past all of the historic monuments, instilled pride and patriotism, which makes a person reflect on how great it is to be an American and part of such a great organization as the United States Army,” Wagley said. “The Army Ten-Miler is a first-class event, especially seeing the wounded warriors participating and giving their all.”