Service members, Civilians conquer toughest 10 Miles in Afghanistan

Pushing Through: Sgt. David Mecham of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment crosses the finish line after what he described as the most grueling 10-mile race he has ever run. Mecham was the first U.S. Soldier to finish the race.
Story by: Sgt. Jerry Wilson
(CTZ Public Affairs)

Zabul, Afghanistan – More than 90 U.S. and Romanian Service members along with civilians from Combined Team Zabul signed up to test their running prowess during the Forward Operating Base Lagman Army 10-Miler Shadow run Sunday October 24. Troopers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment and their fellow runners pitted their strength and stamina against what can arguably be described as one of the toughest courses in Afghanistan.

The FOB Lagman run was one of six official shadow runs held throughout Afghanistan. The main Army 10 miler is held along the streets of Washington D.C. and is considered the largest annual race of its length. Participation in the Lagman run was not for the faint of heart however and presented each runner with some difficult terrain to navigate.

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