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Goodfellow lieutenant helps AF team top Marine Corps Marathon

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  • By Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
An officer from Air Education and Training Command helped boost the Air Force marathon team to a win in the Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 27-28.

With a finishing time of 3:02:36, 2nd Lt. Karissa Goodrich, an intelligence officer student with the 315th Training Squadron at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, placed second among female military members.  Overall, she finished the marathon twelfth out of nearly 8,000 women running. 

In addition to helping the Air Force team, the time represented a personal best for Lieutenant Goodrich -- beating her former lowest time by four minutes.

"I was really happy to set a personal record," Lt. Goodrich said. "But the most exciting part for me was that I competed with the Air Force marathon team. They called me about four days before the marathon." 

The Air Force marathon team dominated.  Both the men's and women's teams placed first in the military services division. With a total time of 16:19:36, the top four male and top two female runners from the Air Force beat out their closest competitors, the Marine Corps runners, by almost 20 minutes. 

"It was a cool feeling to have contributed to that," Lieutenant Goodrich said. 

The lieutenant has a successful track record -- she placed first among women at the 2007 Air Force Marathon in September.

(Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski, Air Force News, contributed to this article)