Jacob Bradosky, an Air Force second lieutenant who graduated from Wright State University in June, won the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Oct. 31, coming in first in a field of nearly 22,000 finishers.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Jacob Bradosky, an Air Force second lieutenant who graduated from Wright State University in June, won the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Oct. 31, coming in first in a field of nearly 22,000 finishers.
Bradosky, 23, of Centerville, finished the 26.2-mile race in 2:23:30, 11 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Kenya native Ronald Kurui, of Ellicott City, Md.
"I was told to run the first 20 miles with my head and the last six with my heart, and that works very well," Bradosky told The Washington Post.
Bradosky is currently stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara, Calif.
Bradosky was featured in a Wright State news article earlier this year after running the Boston Marathon. In that race, he finished in 2:23:50, shaving a whopping 10 minutes off of his 2009 time. His finish placed him 31st overall and 16th among U.S. runners.
But more importantly, it landed him an invitation to run with the Air Force marathon team. And it positioned him to compete in the time trials for the 2012 Olympics.
Bradosky did a lot of running along the Pacific Coast shoreline when he was growing up in Huntington Beach, Calif. He moved to Ohio when he was 13 and attended high school in Centerville, where he played soccer and ran on the cross-country team.
At Wright State, Bradosky was in ROTC and will be going into the Air Force’s space and missiles field. Next year he will be at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, home of the 341st Space Wing.
To train for Boston, Bradosky ran 65 to 70 miles a week and sometimes as many as 85 miles. But he says the biggest challenge in a marathon for him is mental.
“When I’m running, I have a tendency to just focus on what I need to do, just taking one step at a time and not trying to be overwhelmed by the distance I have to go,” he said in the Wright State article. “Towards the end, that’s difficult. You really have to be telling your mind because your body’s shutting down. You’re pushing your body beyond its limits.”
Bradosky ran on Wright State’s cross-country team and credits the university with having a significant impact on his running.
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