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    Camp Phoenix host to Atlanta AJC Peachtree 10K

    Camp Phoenix Peachtree shadow run

    Photo By Capt. Michael Thompson | The 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Michael Thompson 

    48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

    CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan - As part of Independence Day celebrations, Camp Phoenix was host to the Atlanta, Ga.,-based Atlanta-Journal Constitution Peachtree shadow run. Approximately 200 runners gathered for the race in patriot square with the Atlanta Track Club on video chat to officially start the race. The Atlanta Track Club donated the race materials supporting service members over seas for seven locations, five in Afghanistan and two in Kuwait. The first Peachtree shadow run took place in Baghdad in 2004.

    The Kabul camp shares a unique symbol with the city of Atlanta.
    In 1864, the city of Atlanta was burned by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's march to the sea as part of the Civil War. As the result of that event the city incorporated a phoenix rising into the city seal, indicating the city will rise and prosper.

    “I think it is no coincidence that we are here at Camp Phoenix celebrating this day as our hope for the Afghan people that they too will rise from the ashes just as the city of Atlanta has,” said Georgia National Guard, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Larken Reese, his 19th consecutive Peachtree and organizer for the Camp Phoenix shadow run.

    After the awards ceremony, the 4th of July celebrations continued with outdoor competitive events in a John Deere Gator pull, a team event pulling a 32,500-pound MRAP all-terrain vehicle, dunking tank, and bean bag toss.

    Top male runners:
    82nd Airborne, 2-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Sgt. Wade Coleman 40:40
    New Jersey National Guard, Lt. Col. Jesse Arnstein 41:09
    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Marcinek 43:40

    Top female runners:
    10th Mountain Division, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Staff Sgt. Claudia Smallman 48:00
    Georgia National Guard, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Capt. Janaire Brown 53:15
    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, Petty Officer 2nd Class Christine Fletcher 55:10



    Date Taken: 07.04.2014
    Date Posted: 07.04.2014 10:37
    Story ID: 135311
    Location: CAMP PHOENIX, AF 

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