October 27th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Marine Corps Marathon will be lawmaker's 86th

Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt crosses the finish of a marathon.

On Sunday, 30,000 runners are expected to compete in the 35th annual Marine Corps Marathon. Many are probably nervous about running 26.2 miles, but to Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt, it's well-shod territory.

The race will be her 86th marathon, her spokesman Bruce Pfaff said. "She's a ball of energy," he said. "Running helps her focus."

The Republican even squeezed a marathon into her schedule the same day she voted on the health care reform bill. "A staff person met her at the finish to take her to vote and then she showered," he said.

Schmidt has run as many five marathons a year, typically logging 6 miles a day before going to work. On trips overseas, including to Afghanistan, she's run with military personnel, said Pfaff.

In the midterm elections November 2, Schmidt is running against Democrat Surya Yalamanchili - who said he is not running the marathon.

The marathon begins in Arlington, Virginia, and winds into Washington, passing the Jefferson Memorial and the National Mall and numerous monuments. It ends at the Marine Corps National War Memorial.

Registered runners include a variety of Capitol Hill workers, said race spokeswoman Tami Faram.

Celebrity chef Art Smith, a favorite of Oprah, is also slated to compete. Mexican runner Ruben Garcia Gomez is expected to do well - likely finishing in around 2 hours and 22 minutes, and the returning women's champion, Muliye Gurme of Ethiopia, is predicted to finish in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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  1. Audrey Fryer

    Where's the Rand Paul campaigner stomping on a woman. You think just because you don't show it that it hasn't gone viral on the internet. Again, and as per normal for CNN, you'll be chasing the story after it has gone viral. What a news channel. NOT

    October 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Christine dAngelo

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    October 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

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      October 27, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

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      October 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shimmyx20

    Very impressive! Great job and good luck.

    October 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Christine dAngelo

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    October 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

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    October 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
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    oh yea,,but IM The Crazy one ?

    October 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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