Photographer Doug Stroud asked runners to do just about the last thing they wanted to do after finishing a race — pose for a photo and talk about themselves. And they obliged, right near the Marine Corps Marathon and 10k finish line. A few came back after accepting awards.

Photo By Doug Stroud Bethany Sachtleben of Alexandria, VA blazed the Marine Corps Marathon 10K, not only taking first place for women but set a new a course record of 34:07. Picking up running later in life, Bethany 25 years of age did not start running until after high school, said, "I used this race as prep for the Richmond Marathon".

Bethany Sachtleben of Alexandria won the 10k in a course record time of 34:07, using the race to prepare for the Richmond Marathon. She ended up qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Richmond, winning the race in 2:39:00.

Photo By Doug Stroud Team "Big D and Marc", Marc Hodulich, (37), of Atlanta, GA and Don Tavious Ridley in the in the recumbent wheel chair participated in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon and their first marathon as team together finishing with a time of 3:58:41. Big D, "I asked Marc if we could do another marathon together during the race, I had such a good time", Marc responded- rather hoarsely, laughingly, "Let's finish this one first". Big D went on to say that, "This is the most fun I've had in a long time, I hope we can go to other countries like Canada. I want to do bigger and better places".

Team Big D and Marc — Marc Hodulich, (37), of Atlanta and Don Tavious Ridley in the in the recumbent wheelchair — participated in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon, their first marathon as team. They finished in 3:58:41. During the race Big D asked Marc if they could do another marathon together, “I had such a good time.” Marc laughed and rather hoarsely replied, “Let’s finish this one first”. Big D:”This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time.”

Photo By Doug Stroud Brent Shirley of Louisiana now residing in Ohio finished with a time of 3:08:49. This was his first Marine Corps Marathon but his 44th marathon in 33 states at the age of 31. Shirley's goal is to compete in a marathon in every state across the US.

Ohio’s Brent Shirley finished in 3:08:49. This was his first Marine Corps Marathon but his 44th marathon in 33 states at the age of 31. Shirley’s goal is to compete in a marathon in every state.

Photo By Doug Stroud Denzel Ramirez of Phoenix, AZ took top honors in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon 10K finishing in first place for men with a time of 32:17. "I feel great, that is the fastest I have ever run in a 10K". "It's more of community thing for me, I use it [sic] running to enhance my professionalism, I don't have an actual goal, I do it for fun like any other person, it's form of dedication, to help clear your mind and your soul.

Denzel Ramirez won the 10K in 32:17. “I feel great, that is the fastest I have ever run in a 10K”. “It’s more of community thing for me, I use it [sic] running to enhance my professionalism, I don’t have an actual goal, I do it for fun like any other person, it’s form of dedication, to help clear your mind and your soul.

Photo By Doug Stroud Efayomi Carr, (27), of Washington, DC finished the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon in 3:43:09. First time running the MCM, Carr just returned home to DC and had friends who are Marines who were running and he wanted to join them. Carr has now run three marathons including the New York Marathon in 2016.

Efayomi Carr finished the marathon in 3:43:09. It was his first time running MCM. He just returned home to D.C. and had friends who are Marines who were running and he wanted to join them. Carr has now run three marathons.

 

 

 

Photo By Doug Stroud Erin Bellissimo finished the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon in 3:18:32. Running in her eighth Marine Corps, second this year and seventeenth overall. A former resident of DC asked about the course, "I love it, that is why I keep coming back. I used to live here and now am in Little Rock, Arkansas. It's an awesome crowd and seeing all the monuments."

Erin Bellissimo finished in 3:18:32. She lives in Little Rock now, but keeps coming back to D.C., where she once lived, for Marine Corps. “I love it, that is why I keep coming back. It’s an awesome crowd and seeing all the monuments.”

Photo By Doug Stroud Jose Louise Sanchez retired Marine Corps of ten years a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan from San Antonio, TX finished the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon 10K with a time of 54:38. During a ground patrol in October of 2011, Sanchez stepped on an IAD losing his left leg. When asked about his life, Sanchez responded, "I try to motivate and inspire others to push their own limits, push through adversity, and rise above". Sanchez ran his first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in 2015, the Boston Marathon in 2016 and 2017 and the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon 10K.

Jose Louise Sanchez served with the Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan, losing a leg while on ground patrol in 2011. He lives in San Antonio and finished the 10K in 54:38. “I try to motivate and inspire others to push their own limits, push through adversity, and rise above.” Sanchez the marathon in 2015, then followed it up with the Boston Marathon in 2016 and 2017.

Photo By Doug Stroud Matt Spang, retired Army in November 2013, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI who now resides in Monument, CO participating in his first race finished with a time of 2:12:32 in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon 10K. "I do stuff like this, I like being with my brothers, my veterans especially, they push me and I push them which makes us a better person overall. The course was full of beautiful scenery, it was a fun day and lot of people came out and cheered that helped us." West will start back to school in the upcoming spring for sports management in Colorado Springs, Co.

Matt Spang, of Monument, Colo., finished the 10k in 2:12:32. “I do stuff like this, I like being with my brothers, my veterans especially, they push me and I push them which makes us a better person overall. The course was full of beautiful scenery, it was a fun day and lot of people came out and cheered that helped us.” 

Photo By Doug Stroud Matthew Haviland, (43), serves as a Indiana State Trooper in Greensburg, IN. Competing in his second MCM, Matt finished the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 3:57:37. Running his first marathon ever with his best friend who was deployed in the Marine Corp to Iraq while Haviland serving in the Army was deployed to Afghanistan decided to team up and train together. When asked about his motivation to run the marathon he responded, "I raised a whole bunch of money for Paralyzed Veterans of America", a great organization Haviland said. He raised over $3000 for the organization.

Matthew Haviland serves as a Indiana State Trooper in Greensburg, Ind. He finished his second MCM in 3:57:37. While deployed with the Army in Afghanistan, he and a friend who was in Iraq with the Marine Corps decided to run a marathon together. Along the way, he said he raised more than $3,000 for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Photo By Doug Stroud Maureen Valladares, (37), of Guatemala finished the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 3:21:32. Running her first Marine Corps, seventh overall and her second of the year, "I ran Boston in April". Asked how she liked the course here, "It's a beautiful city to run, the sightseeing and everything was so beautiful". After having miscarriage a few years past started running to get out of depression, "My priorities got out of order, I put God by the wayside. Now I run for myself and give all the glory to God."

Maureen Valladares, of Guatemala, finished the marathon in 3:21:32. It was her seventh marathon and her second of the year. “It’s a beautiful city to run, the sightseeing and everything was so beautiful”. After having miscarriage a few years ago,  started running to get out of depression. 

Photo By Doug Stroud Nate Harrison of Kansas City, MO, retired Marine Corps serving in Fallujah, Iraq, competed in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon 10K finishing with a time of 2:12:24. Harrison who started off on his legs traded off between pushing himself, others pushing and then finishing the race on his legs. He has set a goal of returning to run the full marathon without the assistance of his chair or others help.

Nate Harrison of Kansas City, Mo. served with the Marines in Fallujah, Iraq. He started off on his legs, then traded off between pushing himself, others pushing and then finishing the 10k on his legs. He has set a goal of returning to run the full marathon without the assistance of his chair or others help.

Photo By Doug Stroud Peter Isberg of Wellesley, MA finished the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 3:11:54. Running his first Marine Corps Marathon, fifth total and second of the year. Former resident of DC Isberg shared, "This course is so inspiring and what all the Marines do for us I wanted to do this."

Peter Isberg of Wellesley, Mass. finished the marathon in 3:11:54. He used to live in D.C., but never ran Marine Corps before. “This course is so inspiring and what all the Marines do for us… I wanted to do this.”

 

Photo By Doug Stroud Robert Duran of San Antonio, TX finished the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 3:14:55. Competing in either of his eight or ninth Marine Corps marathon. After watching his sister run a marathon, "I looked at all the people variety of people that were out there I thought there is no excuse not to try this at least once and as long as I have the ability for it I should be grateful for it and get out there and utilize it. That I can so I do and there a lot of people that can't."

Robert Duran of San Antonio the marathon in 3:14:55. While watching his sister run a marathon, “I looked at all the people variety of people that were out there I thought there is no excuse not to try this at least once and as long as I have the ability for it I should be grateful for it and get out there and utilize it. That I can so I do and there a lot of people that can’t.”

 

Photo By Doug Stroud Sarah Bishop finished fourth in the 2016 MCM, falling short of her goal of top three, so for 2017 she aspired to better her results. Doing that and more Bishop, (35), of Fairfax, VA took top honors in the Womens Division in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 2:45:07. After taking a long break from running, getting married and becoming a mother of four she started running again. Her sights are next on the California International Marathon in December and hopes to run a sub 2:45:00 time

Sarah Bishop finished fourth in the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon, falling short of her goal of top three, so for 2017 she aspired to better her results. Doing that and more Bishop, of Fairfax, won the 2017 race in 2:45:07. After taking a long break from running, getting married and becoming a mother of four she started running again. Her sights are next on the California International Marathon in December and hopes to run under 2:45.

 

Photo By Doug Stroud Sue Davisan Air Force veteran of Greenville, SC took first place in the Womens Division for hand cyclists with a time of 1:51:37 in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Davis who typically rides a bicycle competed in her first hand cyclist event after an injury and surgery earlier in the spring, " I got a couple of buddies, Eddie and Joe I ride with and a couple great mechanics that help keep it [sic] hand cycle running, it was broken when I got it and I came up today to just to celebrate with everybody. The course is challenging with all the turns, it is a beautiful course, it was awesome"!

Sue Davis an Air Force veteran from Greenville, S.C. who won the women’s hand cycle race in 1:51:37. Davis typically rides a bicycle competed in her first hand cyclist event after an injury and surgery earlier in the spring. “I got a couple of buddies, Eddie and Joe I ride with and a couple great mechanics that help keep it [sic] hand cycle running, it was broken when I got it and I came up today to just to celebrate with everybody. The course is challenging with all the turns, it is a beautiful course, it was awesome”!

Photo By Doug Stroud Wambui Waweru (47), born and raised Kikuyu, Kenya resides now in NYC and works for New York Road Runners, finished the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon in 3:50:56, her first MCM. "The beginning was challenging, it was very very narrow. We visited every iconic monument, we go to Washington, back to Virginia, back to Washington, back to Virginia, what a beautiful course"! Waweru has run several marathons, this year alone she ran in Gold Coast, Australia, Detroit, Canada, Boston for 2018. "Something I have been doing since I was a little kid, I grew up with it. Having to run everywhere, run to church, run to school, it is just in me, I love it, love it, love it.

Wambui Waweru was born and raised Kikuyu, Kenya and now lives in New York, where she works for New York Road Runners. She finished her first MCM in 3:50:56. “The beginning was challenging, it was very very narrow. We visited every iconic monument, we go to Washington, back to Virginia, back to Washington, back to Virginia, what a beautiful course.” 

 

Photo By Doug Stroud Wesley Turner, (31) of originally from Durham, NC resides with his wife and newborn child in Danville, VA finished in second place in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon in the Mens category with a time of 2:27:35. Competing in his seventh Marine Corps, "I was trying to set a PR of 2:25, I was a little off that, but you know it happens".

Wesley Turner finished second in the marathon in 2:27:35. His wife and newborn son were waiting for him at the finish line of his seventh Marine Corps Marathon. He traveled from Danville, Va. and once he got to the course, he still got lost in the first mile. “I was trying to set a PR of 2:25, I was a little off that, but you know… it happens.” 

 

Photo By Doug Stroud William Smith from Sierra Leone, West Africa now resides at Andrews Air Force Base ran his first Marine Corps Marathon in 3:25:22. Not being familiar with the course Smith said he needed to manage his speed, "I'm glad with my time, I've done better than any of my other marathons, I'm glad with my time". Running for Red White and Blue, "Is one of the groups I admire for the fact of what they do for the veterans and that is I decided to run on them today". Smith will be running the Philadelphia Bell Marathon next month, the half on Saturday and full on Sunday.

William Smith is from Sierra Leone, West Africa  and now lives at Andrews Air Force Base. He ran his first MCM in 3:25:22, but because he wasn’t familiar with the course, he had to manage his speed. “I’m glad with my time, I’ve done better than any of my other marathons, I’m glad with my time”. He runs with Team Red White and Blue. “It’s one of the groups I admire for the fact of what they do for the veterans and that is I decided to run on them today.” He will run the Philadelphia Half Marathon and Marathon on back-to-back days. 

 

Photo By Doug Stroud Yves Jackson born in Washington, DC now resides in Woodbridge, VA finished with a time of 1:51:39 in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon 10K. This was Jackson's second 10K and has run the Marine Corps Half Marathon and 10 Miler. "I like to support all the organizations that put the runs on, and I just like being a part of it".

Yves Jackson, of Woodbridge, ran the 10k, and he has also done the Marine Corps Historic Half. “I like to support all the organization that put the runs on, and I just like being a part of it”.