Long Beach Marathon Winner and Related Run for Soldiers in Iraq

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Jason Gutierez took advantage of good conditions and won the 26th running of the annual International City Bank Long Beach Marathon, held Sunday through the streets of Long Beach.

Gutierez, originally from Colombia and who now lives in Anaheim, finished with a time of 2:19:21 under mostly overcast skies and mild temperatures. He finished ahead of Peter Omae of Albuquerque, New Mexico, whose time was 2:22:48. Coming in third was fellow Colombian – and Anaheim resident – Edwin Romero with a time of 2:25:44.

In the women’s division, Lindsay Nelson of Chico, CA, won with a time of 2:45:08. Iiyce Sogell of San Francisco was second with a time of 3:07:35 and Ieng King of Huntington Beach was third with a time of 3:07:51.

Approximately 25,000 people participated in the 2010 event, which also included a half marathon, a bike tour and “Run Forest Run” children’s 5K. It was put on by Run Racing of Long Beach, CA.

In a related event, soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), from Long Beach, Calif., held their own Long Beach Half Marathon on Oct. 17 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. The event was held the same day as the International City Bank full and half marathons that took place in Long Beach, Calif.

A total of 449 soldiers and civilians from COB Adder participated in the run or walk, with roughly 200 of them from Long Beach.

It was won by 2nd LT Jon Anderson Age 25 with a time of 1:12:46 in the men’s division and and Kalynn Waltrip, age 22, in the women’s division with time 1:26:02. The overall winner for walkers was 1LT Angel Turner ,age 39 with a time of 2:31:05.

“Being so far away from home, we try to find ways to keep people engaged and participate in functions that bring us closer as a unit,” said 1st Lt. Evelyn Scott, the COB Adder event coordinator and deputy of base operations with the 224th Special Troops Battalion, 224th Sust. Bde., and a San Diego, Calif., native. “We have so many runners and walkers in our unit as well as on the base; we thought it would be nice to bring a taste of California to Iraq.”

RUN Racing donated event shirts, goodie bags, medals and banners to the Brigade to help them host their own Long Beach Half Marathon event. “We were honored to help the brave men and women of the Army National Guard participate and get a bit of home while being away. We hope they all enjoy the race, and most importantly, come home safe and sound after they complete their deployment,” said John Parks, the International City Bank Long Beach event organizer and EVP of RUN Racing.

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