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Wisconsin Guard Marathon Team Places Second Nationally

Wisconsin National Guard Marathon Team, after finishing second overall at the 2010 National Guard Lincoln Marathon Championships on May 1, 2010.  This was the best finish for the Wisconsin team since winning the overall title in 1988.

Wisconsin National Guard Marathon Team, after finishing second overall at the 2010 National Guard Lincoln Marathon Championships on May 1, 2010. This was the best finish for the Wisconsin team since winning the overall title in 1988. (Courtesy photo)

Madison, Wis. -- On Sunday, May 1, five Wisconsin National Guard runners participated in the National Guard-Lincoln Track Club Marathon in Lincoln, Neb. This race is the National Guard Marathon Championships and is the qualifying race for selecting the All-Guard Marathon Team. Forty-seven states and territories sent Guard teams to the race this year.

At the same time a parallel event, also sponsored by Lincoln Track Club, took place at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. National Guard runners in that race were also eligible to qualify for this year's All-Guard Team using their finishing times at that race.

Members of the Wisconsin team competing in Lincoln were: Capt. Mike Western of Waverly (Iowa), 128th Air Control Squadron; Capt. Seth Kaste of Sun Prairie, 128th Air Control Squadron; Staff Sgt. Jason Kirch of Prairie du Sac, 106th Engineer Detachment; Tech. Sgt. Melanie Peters of Windsor, 115th Fighter Wing; Tech. Sgt. Mike Zeigle of Sun Prairie, team captain, 115th Fighter Wing; Master Sgt. LeRoy DePas of Kaukauna, 115th Fighter Wing; and Spc. Nathan Lee of Eau Claire, 106th Engineer Detachment.

Captain Western was the top Wisconsin finisher with a time of 2:53:33. Sergeant Kirch came in at 3:02:48, followed by Captain  Kaste at 3:05:16. The combined finish times of Western, Kirch and Kaste put the Wisconsin team in second place overall out of the 47 states and territories competing, the second highest finish for a Wisconsin Team in the 27 years the event has been held--Wisconsin won the event in 1988.

Western, Kaste and Kirch are carrying on a tradition of running together as a team. Western and Kaste ran together on their high school team in Cadott, WI. Western, Kaste and Kirch later ran for the University of Wisconsin -Stout while in college.

Other Wisconsin finishes were: Sgt. Peters, 3:34:32 - 4th place in the 35-39 age group, Spec. Lee with a time of 4:17:00 and Sgt. Zeigle, 3:06:37 - 1st place in the 55-59 age group. Sergeant DePas competed in the ½ marathon event.

Returning team members Western, Kirch, Kaste, Zeigle, and Peters all qualified for this year's All-Guard team, a first for Wisconsin. The All-Guard Team travels to race events throughout the country where they compete and participate in recruiting and retention activities.

For more information on the WI National Guard Marathon & Biathlon Teams, visit:
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