OKC Memorial Marathon finish, goal of MAJCOM team

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Staff Sergeant Daniel Ly has finished enough half-marathons he’s stopped keeping track.

Ly, 72nd Force Support Squadron, recently completed the Oklahoma City Memorial Half-Marathon in 1 hour, 30 minutes and 41 seconds. When asked how many half-marathons he’s completed so far in his running career, Ly laughed and said more than 15.

He’s also completed 15 full-length marathons and two 50-mile ultra-marathons.

Although he said this win could be different.

On May 1, Ly barely made the cutoff date to apply for the Air Force Major Command Challenge Half-Marathon Team, an Air Force initiative that allots space for four males and two females. This year the race will be held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on September 15.

This isn’t the first time Ly has sought a chance to race for the Air Force. In 2015 and 2016, Ly applied for the full-marathon team without any luck.

“For the half-marathon, I know somebody back at home in California, he made the team, the European MAJCOM, with 1:30, so I think I’ll make it with 1:30 for the AFMC,” he said.

Whether or not Ly is accepted onto the team, September is going to be a challenge as he tries a second time to conquer Tinker AFB’s 1.5-mile base record during his annual physical training assessment.

Falling 51 seconds shy during his previous assessment of breaking the 2014 record, Ly said running a sub-7:51 to take the throne is something he was able to do in high school, and that it’s only a matter of discipline to do it again.

Editor’s note: A prior story published in the October 6, 2017 issue of the “Tinker Take Off” about Staff Sgt. Daniel Ly’s goal to break the 7:51 mile and a half Tinker Air Force Base record that was put in place in 2014 by Senior Airman John Gignac. To read this story, visit http://journalrecord.com/tinkertakeoff/2017/10/06/airman-aims-for-record-breaking-2018/

(Originally published in The Tinker Take Off)

Elliott Scott