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11th Annual 5K Grueler kicks off at Camp Smith

26 Sep 2007 | Pfc. Ethan Hoaldridge

The 11th Annual 5K Grueler, an extreme uphill race hosted by Marine Corps Community Services, kicked off with more than 70 runners here, Sept. 19.

Before starting the race, Sgt. Maj. Michael Berg, sergeant major, Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, asked participants to observe a moment of silence to honor last year’s overall winner, the late Cpl. Seth Algrim, who was a scout sniper with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

Algrim died in a training accident on Camp Pendelton, Calif., one month after last year’s race.

This year’s race began and 19 minutes, 16 seconds later, Brian Hareington, a Navy cross country team member, crossed the finish line, beating Algrim’s time by only 21 seconds.

The race also awarded group runs, which consisted of six runners who had to finish together. The last member crossing the finish line determined the team’s final time.

The first place group, Michael Berg, Jay Cota, Ronald Louis, Michael Shingler, Albert Martinez and Jeremiah Burcher, finished with a time of 24:10.

Each of the overall winners received engraved, wooden plaques and medals.

For more information on future MCCS events, visit To find finishing times for all 5K Grueler participants, visit

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