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DATE: April 22, 2013 3:49:34 PM CDT

Infantry Soldiers cross finish line at Army’s post-Boston Marathon

By Maj. Jason Engelbrecht, 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Division, Division West Public Affairs

Col. Timothy Bush (right), Commander of the 120th Infantry Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward L. Johnson, the brigade’s senior enlisted leader, pass the 25-mile mark in the inaugural Army Marathon. (Photo by Maj. Jason Engelbrecht, 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Division, Division West Public Affairs)

TEMPLE, Texas — Soldiers across the Army typically begin their day at 6:30 a.m. with an hour or so of physical training, every weekday, with weekends off.

Sunday was a notable exception, when Soldiers of the 120th Infantry “Bayonet” Brigade lined up at the Killeen Civic Center with hundreds of other participants to run the inaugural Army Marathon.

Capt. Mike Noriega, 2nd Battalion 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Brigade, races toward the finish line of the inaugural Army Marathon. (Photo by Maj. Jason Engelbrecht, 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Division, Division West Public Affairs)

The Army Marathon is the first fully certified marathon to be completed within the greater Killeen/Fort Hood area. When first announced, all 120th Soldiers were challenged to participate, regardless of rank, age, or perceived running ability. Early in January, their training program began with early runs consisting of only four to five miles. These distances quickly ramped up to seven to 10 miles and beyond.   

As one of the first marathons to be run after the tragic events in Boston, this race had special significance for more than one participant.

Maj. Jason Engelbrecht, executive officer for 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Division, crosses the finish line of the inaugural Army Marathon in Temple, Texas with a time of 4 hours, 10 minutes. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Kenneth Smith, 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Division, Division West Public Affairs)

“I have always wanted to run a marathon, but never made the time until now,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hogan, the 120th’s chief resource manager. “The fact that this race occurs right after all those people were hurt in Boston makes it even more important to me to give everything I’ve got.” 

By 10:30 a.m., Soldiers from the brigade began to cross the finish line in Temple. Tired but triumphant, Hogan crossed at 10:39 a.m., with a final time of 4 hours, 9 minutes.

“The course was tough, but we trained hard, and I knew I couldn’t give up,” he said. “I kept thinking about those people who got hurt in Boston, and I knew I couldn’t give up on them either.”

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hogan (left), 120th Infantry Brigade’s chief resource manager, and Maj. Jason Engelbrecht, executive officer for 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Division, enjoy a moment of rest after completing the inaugural Army Marathon.  Sgt 1st Class Hogan logged a time of 4 hours, 9 minutes.  Engelbrecht finished with a time of 4:10. (Photo by Larry Hogan, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hogan's father)

The success of the brigade’s marathon training program ensured it will become a permanent part of the unit’s physical training program. Many of the Soldiers and family members that did not run the marathon were inspired to run the associated 5-Kilometer race, or they volunteered to support water stations along the route.

In the end, the Soldiers and families of the 120th had much to be proud of.

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hogan, 120th Infantry Brigade’s chief resource manager, flashes the victory symbol after successfully completing his first marathon in 4 hours, 9 minutes. (Photo by Maj. Jason Engelbrecht, 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Division, Division West Public Affairs)

“The brigade has really helped me set a new standard for myself physically,” said Hogan. “All that training we put in over the last several months was worth it when I crossed the finish line.”

For more information contact:
First Army Division West
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Fort Hood, TX 76544
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