From The Huffington Post:
“A Virginia native who has run the last 10 consecutive Chicago Marathons did not want to break from that tradition after he was deployed to Afghanistan. So he took matters into his own hands.
As an attempt to boost morale, Army National Guard Captain John Zimmerman gathered a group of fellow runners interested in participating in a “satellite” run of the prestigious race and contacted marathon organizers across the Atlantic. The result of that correspondence, a satellite Chicago Marathon, took place Friday morning [Oct. 7] on the U.S. military’s base in Kabul, Afghanistan.
According to a marathon spokeswoman, Chicagoan William Boland emerged as the winner, completing 10 revolutions of the 2.62 mile course, constructed within the base’s bounds, in 3 hours, 19 minutes and 2 seconds. Zimmerman, the race’s principal organizer, completed the race in 3 hours, 38 minutes and 32 seconds. The top female finisher, Deborah Hoover of Yelm, Wash., completed the race in 4 hours, 6 minutes and 56 seconds.”