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Cumberlands ROTC represented at the 2010 Army Ten-Miler


ROTC team members Senior Cadet Todd Olson and Major Eddie Simpson of University of the Cumberlands, and Lieutenant Colonel Richard M. Livingston, of Eastern Kentucky University, ran in the 2010 Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —Two representatives of University of the Cumberlands ROTC, Major Eddie Simpson, professor of military science, and Todd Olson, senior cadet, along with representatives of the unit’s parent program at Eastern Kentucky University, participated in the team event of the 2010 Army Ten Miler in Washington, D.C. Each October tens of thousands of runners and spectators come to the capital to enjoy this race classic, which is the nation’s largest ten-mile race. The race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, passing by D.C. landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building. The annual race weekend events also include a youth run, a youth activity fair, and a pre-race pasta dinner. The race draws a large number of civilian and military running teams.

Out of 26,000 race participants, both Olson and Simpson finished in the top 1600. The team competition is for the lowest total of four runners within the 8 man team. The UC-EKU team placed 15th out of 63 participating ROTC teams, with Olson leading the way with a time of 66 minutes.

This was the first time that cadets from Eastern Kentucky University and University of the Cumberlands competed in the event. “With the success of the team, we expect a higher finish for next year’s race,” said Simpson, who is already planning for 2011.

Sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler is designed to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals and enhance community relations. Proceeds from the event support Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families.