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Thousands run to honor U.S. Military at Beach to Bay 2019

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The 44th annual Beach to Bay marathon welcomed runners from around the world to honor the U.S. Military on Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Meagan Falcon, Corpus Christi

Thousands of runners made their way down to the Corpus Christi Bay for the country’s largest relay marathon this weekend.

The 44th annual Beach to Bay marathon, which welcomed runners from around the world to honor the men and women serving in the U.S. Military on Armed Forces Day, took place Saturday morning.

Runners began on the sands of North Padre Island, winded through Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, and ended along Shoreline Boulevard in a span of a few hours.

Some participated in teams of six or two, and others took on the full marathon by themselves, which totals about 26.2 miles of Gulf Coast beach and pavement — including the JFK Causeway.

Fleet Feet won the six person relay at the marathon this year. San Antonio’s David Barlow crossed the finish line for the team.

“I actually did this back in college, I ran it twice,” Barlow said. “I ran this with my teammates from back in the day, which makes it more special because I haven’t seen them in years and winning was fantastic in the end.”

David Rodriguez was the individual marathoner to cross the finish line on Saturday.

Some runners also ran to honor and recognize certain heroes who have served or are currently serving in the military.

Chris Leverkuhn of San Antonio took on his first Beach to Bay marathon in full force.

Leverkuhn, a wounded Army veteran, said he began partaking in marathons such as the Corpus Christi relay after he survived a hit by an IED in Iraq during an overseas tour.

“I am alive and now I am doing stuff like this to honor the men and women who served,” Leverkuhn, 35, said. “It was a great experience running the marathon. I had the support of my running team J-DUBZ and Operation Comfort (a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel in San Antonio) back home.”

Mark Schauer, assistant chief of administration for the Corpus Christi Police Department, ran the full marathon to honor former police chief Floyd Simpson. 

This year marked Schauer’s second year participating in the Run For A Hero at Beach to Bay. 

2019 Results on Page 7C and caller.com.

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