Army Reservist wins Marine Corps Marathon; 90-year-old Marine finishes


Chad Ware is seen moments after he crossed the finish first to win the 36th Marine Corps Marathon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Some 30,000 masochists runners wasted enjoyed Sunday’s georgous weather in Washington D.C. by taking part in the 36th Marine Corps Marathon. Among those running this year was The Price is Right host Drew Carey, a former Marine Corps reservist who was participating in his first marathon.

This year’s winner was Army Reserve 1st Lt. Charles Ware, who finished in 2:19:16, the best MCM finish since 1997.

Ware’s nearest competitor finished more than four minutes behind him.

Perhaps almost as impressive as Ware’s finish was the fact that retired Marine Col. Johnathan Mendes, 90, completed the race. Mendes, who earned a Distinguished Flying Cross in 1953 during the Korean War, was the race’s oldest participant.

“You only go around once,” Mendes told Military Times before the race. “Why not have some fun?”

Now that’s one tough Marine.



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