The West Point Marathon Team traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 39th Annual Army Ten-Miler on October 6-8. They fielded two teams of eight cadets from all classes. The team prevailed to win both 1st and 2nd place in the Service Academy/ROTC Division, besting the University of Texas ROTC team (3rd place) by more than 10 minutes.
During the race, Cadet Jake Pinuelas ’24 provided life-saving efforts at approximately mile two of the course when he observed a small group protecting a fellow runner in need of serious medical attention. Without hesitation, Pinuelas ran backwards on the course to notify the closest emergency personnel. He did not leave the site until he was certain the runner would receive appropriate care.
Both men and women runners performed exceptionally well, soundly defeating much of their competition. Three West Point cadets placed in the top 50 for the Women’s Division (consisting of 7,181 competitors). Congratulations to our top men’s and women’s finishers, Cadets James “Drew” Hurley ’26 (56:46) and Marisa Swiatek ’26 (1:06.59). Swiatek and Michael Clay ’26 (57:15) also took 1st and 2nd in their respective age groups.
The marathon team is one of the nearly 120 cadet clubs at West Point, which include athletic clubs, recreational clubs, academic clubs, religious clubs, hobby clubs, and diversity clubs. There is something for virtually every cadet interest, made possible by donors supporting the Margin Of Excellence. Thank you to members of the West Point Society of D.C. and the Parents Club of Maryland, D.C., and Virginia that supported the team before and after the race.