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Team Montana runs Air Force Marathon

Maj. Michael Loy, center, Montana Air National Guard member,  waves from the start of the 20th anniversary U. S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2016. Loy coordinated a team from the Montana National Guard and Malmstrom Air Force Base to participate in the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lindsey Soulsby)

Maj. Michael Loy, center, Montana Air National Guard member, waves from the start of the 20th anniversary U. S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2016. Loy coordinated a team from the Montana National Guard and Malmstrom Air Force Base to participate in the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lindsey Soulsby)

Tailwind, the U. S. Air Force Marathon mascot, encourages Elvis by giving him a fist bump at the start of the race at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2016. The U. S. Air Force Marathon introduced Tailwind, an eagle in running shoes, this year in celebration of the 20th anniversary.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lindsey Soulsby)

Tailwind, the U. S. Air Force Marathon mascot, encourages Elvis by giving him a fist bump at the start of the race at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2016. The U. S. Air Force Marathon introduced Tailwind, an eagle in running shoes, this year in celebration of the 20th anniversary. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lindsey Soulsby)

Senior Master Sgt. Kimberly Gunter, center left, and Master Sgt. Kimberly Robertson, center right, both members of the Montana Air National Guard,  hold hands as they cross the finish line at the 20th anniversary U. S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2016. Gunter, was a first time half-marathon runner participant. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lindsey Soulsby)

Senior Master Sgt. Kimberly Gunter, center left, and Master Sgt. Kimberly Robertson, center right, both members of the Montana Air National Guard, hold hands as they cross the finish line at the 20th anniversary U. S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2016. Gunter, was a first time half-marathon runner participant. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lindsey Soulsby)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Seventeen military members and a military spouse from Montana participated in the U. S. Air Force Marathon Sept. 17, hosted by Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Runners from the Montana National Guard, both Army and Air, and Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, challenged themselves with the 20th anniversary half and full marathon.

"Everyone completed (the race), that was the end goal," said Maj. Michael Loy, 120th Maintenance Group operations officer.

Eight half marathoners and one marathoner completed their first race, joining more than 15,000 other participants and spectators.

"The team as a whole ran a total of 315.2 miles," Loy said.

As if the team collectively ran from Great Falls to Miles City.

The race started 30 minutes late due to weather and the humidity almost doubled that of Great Falls.

"My favorite part was going through the town. Everybody had posters and signs that were very motivating," said Senior Airman Luis Guzman, 341st Force Support Squadron career development journeyman and first time marathon runner.

"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Guzman said. "I'm very thankful."
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