Coast Guard captain runs Marine Corps Marathon

Written by Ensign William Hasbrook

Capt. Sam Jordan, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WHEC-724), completes the 41st Marine Corps Marathon last month.

Capt. Sam Jordan, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WHEC-724), completes the 41st Marine Corps Marathon last month.

Capt. Sam Jordan completed the 41st Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday Oct. 30, 2016. He averaged 14-minute miles and came in with a finishing time of just over six hours. An incredible feat for someone that has spent over 115 days at sea since January 1st.

While in port, Jordan can be seen running through the streets of Kodiak, rain or shine. As the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, Jordan always makes time during his busy schedule for the gym regardless of the seas. While the crew heads for shore during port calls, Jordan heads for the treadmill.

Jordan has always been a strong advocate for fitness and the importance of fitness when underway. The Munro held its very own fitness challenge on its last patrol where teams competed for points based on the amount they worked out.

Jordan trained hard the past few months to complete his first marathon at the age of 46. In August he competed in the Annual Kodiak MWR Eco-Challenge. Teams completed an environmental service project to help out the local community leading up to race day. The race itself is a multi-disciplinary race covering 20-30 miles in 6-10 hours on average. Teams had to mountain bike, foot race, hike, raft, and use land navigation to reach check points to complete special tasks. The ship is currently in Seattle, Washington, for dry dock and Jordan looks forward to completing the Seattle Marathon and crushing his last time!

Jordan has commanded the Munro, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, since May 2015. The Munro is named after the only Coast Guard Medal of Honor recipient Signalman First Class Douglas Munro. The ship is a 378-foot High Endurance Cutter with a diverse mission set and capabilities that helps ensure safety of life at sea. The cutter is known as the Bering Sea Cutter, as it spends most of its time in the Bering and is proud to serve the Alaskan waters!

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