Leonardo DRS has been proudly sponsoring the Army Ten-Miler for over a decade. In 2009, we were honored to become one of the event’s first sponsors from the defense industry. Since then, personal investment has only increased. Today, it’s not a simple sponsorship; it’s a way for us to give back – a way to support the Army along with Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.
Since the beginning, we’ve enjoyed connecting with the community through our on-site tent in the HOOAH Zone at the race. Wishing to contribute to the runners on a personal level, we offered runners printed photos of themselves as a way of capturing their achievements. This would become the “Selfie Zone” we have today. Our involvement further increased in 2012, when we started our first running team of just five individuals. By 2019, this team had grown from five runners to 56. After twelve years of partnership and $455,000 in sponsorship, we look forward to continuing our support for our warfighters and their families.
Bill F., Business Operations
The Army Ten-Miler’s cause really hits home for Bill. His father was in the Navy. His youngest brother served two tours in Afghanistan with the Army. “Both these men are my heroes” he says. What keeps him moving on the track is his knowledge of the hardships our soldiers have endured. Staying in shape is always a nice bonus too though. Thank you for your support Bill!
Madison C., Tax Intern
Madison C. from Wayne, New Jersey is a returning runner in the Army Ten-Miler. She interned with Leonardo DRS for two summers, and stays connected to Leonardo DRS through her mother, Linda.
This event is important to Madison because both of her late grandfathers were Army Veterans. She loves running and is excited to do it with the heartening crowd of the Army Ten-Miler. She says, “To run with such an inspiring group of people who have risked their lives for my safety motivates me to work harder in the race, and my everyday life.” With the help of her excitement and endorphins, Madison plans to finish the race even faster each year.
Matt G., Government Relations
As a combat veteran, The Army Ten-Miler holds a special significance for Matt. With a personal stake in the Army Ten-Miler’s cause, Matt doesn’t just run to support the military and their families; he hopes to raise awareness toward his fellow Americans who serve our country. He has participated in six years of the Army Ten-Miler, and keeps running in remembrance of his lost fellow service members. Thank you for your support and your service Matt.
Another True Moment: Army Ten-Miler Veterans
For 36 years, the Army Ten-Miler has brought runners from all over to participate in a scenic race through Washington D.C. The event, which ranks as the third largest 10-mile race in the world, is a favorite amongst runners, especially those with a connection to the U.S. Army. Additionally, proceeds from the event support Army family and morale, welfare and recreation programs.
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Leonardo DRS has hosted its own team since 2012, growing from a group of five participants to over 40 runners in 2020. This year, however, the race will be a bit different as the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered large in-person events unfeasible due to their risk of spread. Instead, the race will be held virtually, with runners able to log their race between October 11 and October 18.
"The Army Ten Miler is a really nice race – a great cause, a great time of year to run, great spectators, a nice course. I'll miss all of that," says Richard Sims, a principal engineer for Leonardo DRS Airborne & Intelligence Systems in Germantown, Md. Sims, who will be running the race for the eighth time this year, also notes that he'll miss running with his brother and family, who drive in every year for a little friendly family competition.
For many runners on the Leonardo DRS team, the camaraderie on the course will be a missing element at this year's Army Ten-Miler.
"The biggest part I will miss is seeing my friends from the service and joking with them as they blow by me on the course," says Greg Putira, corporate vice president for supply chain in Arlington, Va. Ellen Gesiskie, daughter of Senior Vice President of Human Resources Tami Gesiskie and a fourth-year Army Ten-Miler runner, would normally bring a speaker with her on her run, and notes that the dance parties with other teammates and runners is a favorite part of usual race years.Close ▲
Another True Moment: New Runners
For the first time in Army Ten-Miler history, the run will be taking place virtually. But that won’t stop Leonardo DRS’ running team, which is proud to feature some new faces. This year’s Army Ten-Miler first-time runners include: mechanical engineer Alyssa Saad, Corey Mason Jr. (son of Corey Mason Sr.), Business Development Senior Director John Reichl, and International Products & Strategy Vice President Pete Hurst. Though new to the Army Ten-Miler, none are strangers to running marathons. John has run 10 marathons in the past and is training extensively for the race in October – running at least two miles a day, reaching up to seven miles on Saturdays. Pete is following a more diverse regimen, incorporating cardio boxing as well as watersports.
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The consensus among the new runners is that they miss the community and competition of running in a group, however they are still excited to support.
“I have run other races before, but I am excited to share this unique ‘virtual’ experience with others. I have not run a race since we went into quarantine and it will be a unique opportunity to get out there and try something new.” says Alyssa Saad. She plans to keep the competitive spirit of the race alive by partnering with a co-worker so they can hold each other accountable for the distance they run.
Notably, the transition from physical to virtual has actually made the Army Ten-Miler more accessible to new runners. Alyssa and Corey, natives of California and Colorado, no longer have to travel out of state to support. Pete, who lives in the U.K., is now able to conveniently support the marathon not only from outside the state, but from outside the country. Leonardo DRS is excited to welcome these new runners to the team and wishes them the best of luck.Close ▲