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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Heartbreak Ridge: a race to the finish

By Cpl. Derrick K. Irions | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | April 16, 2013

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Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, center-left, presents Frederick Herr the overall first place trophy during the Heartbreak Ridge Marathon here April 13. Herr, 46-years-old, finished overall first place in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 40 seconds. Coglianese is the base commanding general and the regional authority for five military installations in the southwestern United States.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, center-left, presents Frederick Herr the overall first place trophy during the Heartbreak Ridge Marathon here April 13. Herr, 46-years-old, finished overall first place in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 40 seconds. Coglianese is the base commanding general and the regional authority for five military installations in the southwestern United States. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, left, and Cpl. Stephen Johnson, right, run the trails of the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon, here, while wearing boots, utilities and gas masks April 13. Shvartsberg is a combat videographer with 1st Marine Division’s Combat Camera here. Johnson is a radio operator with 9th Communication Battalion here.

Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, left, and Cpl. Stephen Johnson, right, run the trails of the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon, here, while wearing boots, utilities and gas masks April 13. Shvartsberg is a combat videographer with 1st Marine Division’s Combat Camera here. Johnson is a radio operator with 9th Communication Battalion here. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, left, leads a group of Marines through the trails of the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon here April 13. Coglianese is the base commanding general and the regional authority for five military installations in the southwestern United States. The 13.1-mile marathon takes place annually in conjunction with Pendleton Race’s Hard Corps Race Series, and is the second of the six events available to military members and civilian running enthusiasts.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, left, leads a group of Marines through the trails of the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon here April 13. Coglianese is the base commanding general and the regional authority for five military installations in the southwestern United States. The 13.1-mile marathon takes place annually in conjunction with Pendleton Race’s Hard Corps Race Series, and is the second of the six events available to military members and civilian running enthusiasts. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Service members and civilians run the trails of the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon here April 13. The 13.1-mile marathon takes place annually in conjunction with Pendleton Races’ Hard Corps Race Series, and is the second of the six events available to military and civilian running enthusiasts.

Service members and civilians run the trails of the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon here April 13. The 13.1-mile marathon takes place annually in conjunction with Pendleton Races’ Hard Corps Race Series, and is the second of the six events available to military and civilian running enthusiasts. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Sgt. Maj. Derek Christovale Sr. springts over the finish line during the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon here April 13. Christovale, the sergeant major for five military installations in the southwestern United States, won first-place in the military male 10K 45-54 aged division with 47 minutes and 67 seconds.

Sgt. Maj. Derek Christovale Sr. springts over the finish line during the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon here April 13. Christovale, the sergeant major for five military installations in the southwestern United States, won first-place in the military male 10K 45-54 aged division with 47 minutes and 67 seconds. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Staff Sgt. Mike Wood sprints to the finish line during the Heartbreak Ridge Marathon here April 13. Wood, the first-place winner of the military half marathon division and is the military justice chief of the Legal Services Support Section, Headquarters and Support Battalion here.

Staff Sgt. Mike Wood sprints to the finish line during the Heartbreak Ridge Marathon here April 13. Wood, the first-place winner of the military half marathon division and is the military justice chief of the Legal Services Support Section, Headquarters and Support Battalion here. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Amy Devine, center, and her daughters Holly, left, and Sydney, right, run to the finish line as a family during the Heartbreak Ridge Marathon here April 13. Holly, 6-years-old, Sydney, 9-years-old, and their mother, Devine, traveled from Riverside to compete in the annual race.

Amy Devine, center, and her daughters Holly, left, and Sydney, right, run to the finish line as a family during the Heartbreak Ridge Marathon here April 13. Holly, 6-years-old, Sydney, 9-years-old, and their mother, Devine, traveled from Riverside to compete in the annual race. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Runners, regardless of experience, ran mile after mile throughout the rocky, mountainous terrain of the Las Pulgas foothills during the 2013 Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon here April 13.

The 13.1-mile marathon takes place annually in conjunction with Pendleton Race’s Hard Corps Race Series, and is the second of the six events available to military members and civilian running enthusiasts.

"The weather was perfect, the starts went on time without a hitch and the award ceremonies were great. The (base) commanding general even ran the race and loved it," said Jill Prichard, race series supervisor and race director with Marine Corps Community Services. “No race is perfect, but this is as close as it can get.”

This year, competitors were able to run a half marathon, 10K or 5K course designed to challenge participants with numerous elevation changes.

"The uphill sections were the most difficult parts for me," said Kayla Boatright, a 16-year-old sophomore track and field athlete for Temescal Canyon High School. “My dad ran alongside me and motivated me to keep going.”

Boatright, placed first overall for the 5K female division with a time of 23 minutes, 22 seconds.

Those who conquered the multiple-terrain course received a race medal. Awards were given to the top three overall male and female finishers in each event group.

"I try to go out every day and train to get better for my age group," said overall half marathon winner, Rick Herr. "I really don't expect to win races like this anymore. I’m just trying to improve my ‘over 40-year-old’ finish times."

The 46-year-old Corona native crossed the finish line in 1:17: 40, besting his previous course time by nearly a full minute and finishing 95 seconds ahead of the next finisher.

"I love this course, with all of it's rolling hills," Herr said. "It's always a great run for me."

The third event for the Hard Corps Race Series will be the 2013 World Famous Mud Run, scheduled for June 1, 2, 8, 9 and 15. For more information on the series, visit www.hardcorpsraceseries.com.


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