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Fort Hood Soldier places second in Army Ten-Miler

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October 22, 2015 | Sports
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Army Soldiers and teammates Paul Chelimo and Nicholas Kipruto finish the Army Ten-Miler at 48:19 with Chelimo winning by seconds. Their teammate and fellow Soldier, Shadrack Kipchirchir took third, Oct. 11, near the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. (Photo by Shannon Collins, DoD News, Defense Media Activity)
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Spc. Nicholas Kipruto (center) poses for photos with the 1st and 3rd place runners after Kipruto finished second in the Army Ten-Miler race in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11. Kipruto ran representing Fort Hood and as a member of the All-Army Ten-Miler team. (Photo by Maj. Andrew Brazee, III Corps)
Microseconds.

That was the difference between first and second place at the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11.

Microseconds.

Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Nicholas Kipruto was the runner that was just microseconds behind the first-place finisher, All-Army teammate Paul Chelimo. Both Soldiers finished with a time of 48:19.

The third-place runner, Shadrack Kipchirchir, also a member of the All-Army team, finished with a time of 48:20. The next-fastest finisher was a full nine seconds behind.

“It feels good,” Kipruto said of his second-place finish. “It feels good to know you’re the second guy after the (first-place finisher).”

However, Kipruto still feels some frustration with finishing so close behind No. 1.

“Later on, you look at it and you say that if I had maybe done something a little different, maybe kicked a little earlier or put more effort into that last 100 meters or so, maybe things would have been different,” he said. “That microsecond loss is tough.”

Kipruto said he wasn’t too tired from running the 10 miles through the city after crossing the finish line in D.C. “This time around, I think I prepared well,” he said. “Last year, when I got done with that ten-miler, I was so exhausted…everything was hurting my body.” This year wasn’t as tough, he said. He even increased his running speed for the race, which clearly showed in his final time.

Last year, Kipruto finished the race with a time of 48:50, more than 30 seconds slower than his pace this year.

As a member of the All-Army team, which had seven runners on Oct. 11, Kipruto trained every day for the Army Ten-Miler, meeting regularly with the team.

Kipruto had to apply in June to join the All-Army team after he placed fifth in the ten-miler last year; joining the team in early September.

Kipruto said he runs other races to prepare for the Army Ten-Miler, including three races he participated in before this year’s.

“Got to gauge yourself and see where you are,” he said.

Now, Kipruto is preparing for another race this weekend. He will run in the EQT Pittsburgh Ten-Miler in Pennsylvania, where he will run unattached to a team.

He also said he might compete in other races that will come up on post in the coming months. He will also run any races that the All-Army team is invited to compete in.

Kipruto, a Kenya native, began running competitively in college, where he attended the University of New Mexico and ran on its cross country and track teams before graduating in 2012.

“After that, I just kept running,” he said. “I pretty much took running seriously once I got to college.”

At Fort Hood, Kipruto is a supply specialist with 1st Cavalry Division. Kipruto said he’s going to continue training and racing, and plans on reapplying to be a member of next year’s All-Army team. He said the application process is competitive and “everybody want’s to be on the All-Army team,” so he will have to keep track of his training and times throughout the year to stay competitive.

Overall, all seven members of the All-Army team placed in the top 15 finishers at the race, winning the team competition of the Army Ten-Miler.

This year’s Army Ten-Miler was the 31st annual event, held every year in Washington, D.C. Thousands of service members and civilians register to run in the race every year.
 
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