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NJ Places 17th in NG Marathon
by Spc. Shelley Brown and Pvt. Riley Huskey, 111th Press Camp, Nebraska
Army National Guard
Led by Maj. Jesse Arnstein with 2:47:55 (average pace per mile: 6:24), both Master Sgt. Alexandro Estrada and Sgt. 1st Class Donald Brandinelli had times of 3:43:10 (average pace per mile: 8:31). Maj. Arnstein placed in the Open Male Roster for the National Guard All Guard Team. Out of the 3,000 participants and specifically the 200 Guard members competing, Maj. Arnstein came in 20th overall and 12th amongst the competing Guard members in the 26.2 mile marathon.
The Puerto Rico contingent took first with a time of 8:10:32. First place went to Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Vandervlugt, 39, 1249th Engineer Battalion, Oregon Army National Guard, with a time of 2:35:02.
Every year Guard marathon teams from across the United States and territories travel to Lincoln in the hope of making one of the 55 spots on the All-Guard Marathon Team. The team consists of 35 of the top running Guardsmen under 40, the top 10 Guard women under 40 and the top 10 Master Guardsmen and women.