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News from the Oklahoma National Guard

NEWS | Feb. 6, 2023

National Guard Soldier competes at the 2023 Miami Marathon

One Oklahoma National Guard officer competed in the recent Life Time Miami Marathon and Half, Jan. 29, 2023.

Maj. Jeffrey Kragh, age 45, ran 13.1 miles in 1:41:09 and placed 10th in his age group and 569th overall. He was one of more than two dozen National Guard Soldiers from 17 states who competed in the competition as part of the National Guard’s All Guard Marathon Team.

Founded in 2003, the annual Life Time Miami Marathon and Half celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Full marathon finish times can be used to qualify for the coveted Boston Marathon.

To compete in the Miami Marathon, service members had to have qualified for the All Guard Marathon Team at the National Guard Marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska, May 2, 2021.

Prior to the marathon in Miami, the service members participated in a holistic health and fitness workshop hosted by members of the Human Performance Optimization team where they were instructed on running form analysis and warm-up techniques.

The All Guard Marathon Team also had a booth at the 2023 Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Expo where service members spoke with other runners, handed out swag and received 48 leads from multiple states of potential recruits interested in the National Guard.

Additionally, there was a 5 kilometer race the day prior, Jan. 28th, and Kragh finished in second place in his age group and 62nd overall.
Video by Airman 1st Class Erika Chapa
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