WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — More than 30,000 people, including WNEW’s own George Mesthos, participated in the 29th annual Army Ten-Miler in D.C. Sunday morning.

Although the partial government shutdown threatened the classic route, the impasse in Congress ended just in time for the race to continue as planned.

At the finish line, one runner told Mesthos her inspiration came from having known service members who have died.

“Most of my friends growing up went to service academies and some of them have been killed overseas,” she said.

A man Mesthos spoke with said he got a second wind during the race after spotting a wounded warrior with two prosthetic legs. He said he was encouraged knowing that someone who has been through so much is “still at it, still productive, still trying to do something.”

Registration fees and sponsor contributions from the race support the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. About $800,000 was raised this year.

The Army Ten-Miler is the third largest 10-mile road race in the world.


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