Arlington County Police Cpl. Steve Troyano is running his 10th marathon on Saturday, the 37th Annual Marine Corps Marathon through Arlington.
"Three years ago, I decided to try and run a marathon just to see if I could and then I got hooked," Troyano said.
Troyano has been an officer with Arlington County for about 12 years and made the news earlier this year for delivering a baby during a traffic stop.
"I think I just did my job," Troyano told Patch at the time.
In between delivering babies and being an officer, Troyano finds time to run an average of 35 miles a week throughout the year to train.
"I try and build up to 23 miles before the marathon then work back down," Troyano said.
More than 40,000 people have registered for the Marine Corps Marathon and its related events, the Healthy Kids Fun Run and the MCM10k. The marathon begins at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday on Route 110 between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon.
Actor and U.S. Marine Reservist Rob Riggle will start the race that will include a flyover of Marine aviators and two MV-22B Ospreys. The event concludes with a Finish Festival in Rosslyn with The Marine Corps Base Quantico Party Band and the Mike Corrado Band playing.
The event draws both local runners and athletes from around the country, including 21-year-old Renee Dudley, who is a student at Rice University in Houston.
“I read a race review on it and it’s always a really popular course so I signed up as a spur of the moment decision,” Dudley, who will be running her fifth marathon, said. She added that she’s not sure whether she will have any time to site see while she’s in the area.
“I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk the day after,” Dudley said.
Most runners take a break in the days before the marathon to brace for the 26-mile run. Troyano said he doesn't doubt he will keep running once this race is over.
“People seem to have one or two reactions (to running a marathon),” Troyano said. “They say 'I never want to do it again,' or they say, 'That was amazing, and I could do better.' And that was totally me.”
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