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Runners laced up their sneakers for Marine Corps Marathon

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WASHINGTON, DC - Runners laced up their sneakers early this morning for the eighth largest marathon in the world, the Marine Corps Marathon.

FOX 5's Alice Massimi was there for what many say is a true test of endurance.
Before the sun even rose race participants were arriving for the 38TH Marine Corps Marathon.
“It’s not my first rodeo but you always get excited. You always get nervous no matter how many you did,” says hand cyclist Ken Higgins.
Higgins joined roughly thirty thousand other participants in what has become the third largest marathon in the country.
Starting just outside Arlington National Cemetery the 26.2 mile course takes runners on a tour of DC.
The marathon attracts people from all over including every state and 48 countries, also the young and old, the youngest runner this year is 14 and the oldest is 87.
The Marine Corps Marathon is the first major marathon to take place in the district since the Boston Marathon Bombing. Helicopters buzzing above, bag checks at the start and finish line and a highly visible police presence are just some of stepped up measures for this year's race.
For Marine Corp Staff Sgt Timothy Brown the race is a test endurance, passion and motivation....none of which he is lacking.
“My leg burning the whole ride kind of sucked but I never wanted to give up. I’ve been through worse than this,” explains Brown.
A triple amputee Brown was injured in Afghanistan by an IED, recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; he says racing is an outlet.
“I forget when I am on the bike, all of the frustration and anxiety and all of the other stuff that comes with being an amputee you sweat it out while you are on the bike, or as I call it you put it down through the wheels.”
Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos says it's an honor for him to welcome Marines like Brown across the finish line.
“I choke up because I get emotional because I know how hard it is for them and yet they are out there when everybody else is sitting around they are out there doing it,” says Amos.

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