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Two Fort Riley Soldiers selected for 2016 All Army marathon team

By J. Parker Roberts | 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS | August 12, 2016

     Two athletes from the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley were selected for the 2016 All Army Men’s and Women’s Marathon teams.

     Spc. Samuel Kosgei, a combat medic assigned to Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Inf. Div., and Spc. Susan Tanui, a dental assistant with Dental Activity, will take part in the Armed Forces Marathon Champion­ship Oct. 27 to 31 in Washington, D.C.

     “I’m so honored to represent the Army, although at the same time I’m honored to run for Fort Riley,” Kos­gei said. “Most people think if you’re in duty stations, you don’t get to run good. But I’m proving that wrong now because I use my free time … When I’m at work, I’m at work, but when I’m out I try to use that time to push myself and accomplish.”

     Kosgei says a key to maintaining his in­tense training regimen — running between 80 and 100 miles per week — is not making excuses.

     “I don’t like giving excuses like ‘I didn’t get time to do it,’” he said. “I find time to do it.”

     Both Kosgei and Tanui will take part in the Army Ten-Miler race alongside other members of the “Big Red One” team Oct. 9 in Washington, D.C.

     “I’m grateful and honored that I was selected again to represent, not just the All- Army Team, but my unit as well,” Tanui said. “It imparts a sense of hard work for me, not just in running but in other activi­ties as well.”

     Neither Soldier is new to the sport. Kosgei ran internationally for his home country of Uganda before coming to the United States for college in 2006. He took first place in the international division of the Army Ten-Miler Oct. 12, 2014, and won the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 25 that same year.

     Tanui ran in the 2015 Armed Forces Marathon Championship and finished with a time of 3:18:16. Originally from Eldama-Ravine, Kenya, Tanui said she ran in school growing up, but fell out of practice. After graduation, she took up the sport again in hopes of earning a college scholarship. Tanui attended Dallas Baptist University and the Uni­versity of Alaska before joining the Army in 2014.

     “I hope that I will be able to do better this time,” Tanui said about the mara­thon. “Last year was really challenging because it was my first time, but now that I have the experience of how it feels, and with the training that I have, I think it will turn out better than last year.”

     Tanui said she believed skills she learned as a Soldier helped in her sport­ing endeavors.

     “Staying in good shape, having that motivation, working hard — it’s all part of the virtues and ethics of being a Sol­dier,” she said. “I feel like pushing my­self harder can help me with most of the challenges that I face, and it disciplines me likewise.”

     The coach of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley Army Ten-Miler team said both Kosgei and Tanui take great pride in representing the Big Red One and the installation.

     “Both embrace the BRO charge and this is displayed in their training dedi­cation in preparation for the Army Ten- Miler,” said Lt. Col. Alexander Mur­ray, Army Ten-Miler captain and 97th Military Police Battalion commander. “They balance their family life and mil­itary careers with their intense training regime which can exceed 80 miles of running per week. They spend count­less hours training on their off-duty time with the intent to represent the di­vision and post well, with the ultimate goal for their teams to win at the Army Ten-Miler in October.”