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Air Force Lieutenant Jacob Bradosky Wins 35th Annual Marine Corps Marathon

The Marine Corps Marathon was run this morning under increased security. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jacob Bradosky of Centerville, Ohio was the first male to cross the finish line.

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Air Force Lieutenant Jacob Bradosky Wins Marine Corps Marathon

It's been a wild weekend in Washington D.C. The city was overtaken by those coming for Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity," and there was also the Howard and Maryland homecomings. But the real big event of the weekend happened this morning, when runners prepared themselves for the 35th annual Marine Corps Marathon.

In the end, it was Air Force 2nd Lt. Jacob Bradosky that crossed the finish line first. Bradosky, a native of Centreville, Ohio, broke away around the 20-mile mark to win and finish in two hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds. He ended up defeating a pack of four others, including defending champion John Mentzer, who finished fourth. Kenyan native Janet Cherobon was the first woman to cross the finish line, finishing in 2:42:38. 

This year's marathon was run under heightened security due to recent shootings around D.C. Overall, according to TBD, there were runners from 50 states, 54 countries and all the armed forces units, with ages ranging from 14 to 84.

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Marine Corps Marathon To Have Increased Security

Following the recent shootings at government buildings in and around Washington D.C., additional security measures are expected to be taken at the 35th Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps has been attacked by gunfire twice this month, and a vacant Marine Corps recruiting facility in Chantilly has also taken fire. Ballistics reports have connected the shootings to the same firearm. Although no individuals have been harmed in the recent shootings, officials are now understandably nervous that the Marathon Sunday morning could become a target of subsequent attacks.

According to the Washington Post's breaking news Post Now blog, U.S. Marine Col. Dan Choike is addressing the security concerns.

"Safe races have been conducted [in the past] and this year is going to be no different," Choike said. "We are going to run this race taking into account the incidents that have taken place... and additional measures are being put in place already at a low cost."

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The 35th Marine Corp Marathon Will Take Place In Arlington On Sunday

On Sunday, the 35th Marine Corps Marathon will take place throughout the District of Columbia and northern Virginia. The race begins on the Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, weaves its way into D.C. and around the monuments and back into Virginia, finishing right around the same place it started.

You can visit the MCM's official site for more information on the best places to watch a race, and other information about the event. Here is the weekend's schedule, via CSN:

Friday, October 29
Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE featuring Packet Pick-up
Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 30
Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE featuring Packet Pick-up
Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC
9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Healthy Kids Fun Run
Pentagon North Parking Lot
9:30 a.m. – 2  p.m.

Sunday, October 31
Metro Opens
5:00 a.m.

Wheelchair and Hand Cycle Start
Arlington Cemetery
7:45 a.m. Route 110 Start Line

35th Marine Corps Marathon Start
Arlington Cemetery
8:00 a.m. Route 110 Start Line

MCM10K Start
Presented by Aetna
National Mall at corner of 12th St. and Jefferson Dr.
8:00 a.m.

The event was won last year by John Mentzner, who finished with a time 2:21:47. Mentzner breaks down the marathon course in a series of features on CSN. It's an interesting look at the course from the perspective of someone who knows it best. For the nonathletic among us like myself, this is the closest I will ever come to running a marathon. You can find the two pieces here and here.

There are a lot of things on Halloween Sunday that it would be appropriate to wear a costume to, but the Marine Corps Marathon is probably not one of them. We'll have updates about the race as they become available on Sunday.

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