February 23, 2018
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Maine soldiers to run Afghanistan’s Boston Shadow Marathon

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 AUGUSTA, Maine, and BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Maine Soldiers, both active duty and National Guard, are among the 600 service members deployed to Afghanistan who are running the Boston Shadow Marathon on April 18, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

The 10th Mountain Division, Light Infantry, who are currently in charge of Regional Command-East, will host what will be the last official Boston Marathon Shadow Run as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The number was limited to the first 600 people who signed up.

According to the Boston Athletic Association website, since 2005, thousands of U.S. armed forces personnel stationed overseas have participated in “shadow” versions of the Boston Marathon, running the marathon distance on, or near, Patriots’ Day, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, or on a ship at sea. Lt. Col. Rodney Freeman founded a shadow version of the Boston Marathon, held for armed forces personnel stationed overseas in 2005.

The BAA has provided Boston Marathon start and finish banners, bibs, T-shirts, medals, and finisher certificates for participants in these shadow marathons.