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October 10, 2010

Race Snapshot - Interview with Joe Castro, Event Coordinator

Written by Dena Evans

Since ATM is right around the corner, we have re-posted this interview from the spring.

Thanks to Joe for spending a few minutes with FNF to share some behind the scenes details about the 2010 Army Ten-Miler!

FNF: Many people have heard about your race, but many may not know the cause behind the race. Can you tell us about the Army Ten-Miler beneficiary?

JC: All race proceeds to the Army’s Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department, which directly benefits soldiers and their families.

FNF: We noticed that the race date is a little later this year. Any particular reason for the change?

JC: We piggy-back on Association of the Army Convention, which is going to be held the week of our race date, October 24th. Next year, it will be back to the first week of October.

FNF: How does the Army get involved with the race?

JC: We will probably have 60-70 tents with soldiers from major commands all over the world, all kinds of divisions. Bands and honor guards will be encouraging you along the way as well. Each year, we have a couple of big competitions – an International Commander’s Cup, and a US Commander’s Cup. Different armies come and run, and the Cup is presented the next day at the AUSA Convention. Lately, the International Cup has been won by the Brazilians. They have a very good team.

FNF: What are some of the other unique reasons to circle this race on your fall running and racing calendar?

JC: We have a new website this year, which is great, and you get to see most of the DC monuments including the State Department, the Lincoln Memorial, and Pentagon, etc….all up close and personal.

We have redesigned the finish area, with a new festival, free food and souvenirs.

The Expo is at the DC Armory for the second year, and everything is very Metro friendly. The Pasta dinner is also very popular.

Of course, we also have Focus-N-Fly this year!

Last modified on October 10, 2010
Dena Evans

Dena Evans

Dena Evans joined runcoach in July, 2008 and has a wide range of experience working with athletes of all stripes- from youth to veteran division competitors, novice to international caliber athletes.

From 1999-2005, she served on the Stanford Track & Field/ Cross Country staff. Dena earned NCAA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honors in 2003 as Stanford won the NCAA Division I Championship. She was named Pac-10 Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2003-04, and West Regional Coach of the Year in 2004.

From 2006-08, she worked with the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, helping to expand the after school fitness programs for elementary school aged girls to Mountain View, East Menlo Park, and Redwood City. She has also served both the Stanford Center on Ethics and the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession as a program coordinator.

Dena graduated from Stanford in 1996.

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