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Hillery named Marine Corps Athlete of the Year

FALLBROOK – On August 6, Captain Robert Hillery was honored as the US Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year for 2009 at the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon Ceremony at the Clubs at Quantico in Quantico, Va.

Hillery is the son of Bob and Mary Ann Hillery of Fallbrook, and was Commanding Officer of H&S Company, Weapons and Field Training Battalion on Camp Pendleton until July 15, when he relinquished that command to attend officer’s school at Quantico for the next year.

Hillery was named Male Athlete of the Year for Camp Pendleton on July 1, having competed in over 37 running and triathlon events during 2009. His latest race this year was the Ultraman Canada event in British Columbia from July 31 through August 2.

In the individual ultra-endurance invitation only event, Hillery finished tenth out of the 32 athletes who completed the race, which totaled 318.6 miles. On the first day of the event, the athletes swam 6.2 miles and biked 90 miles. The second day was a 170-mile bike race while the third day was a 52.4-mile (double marathon) run. Capt. Hillery’s total time for the race was 28 hours, 29 minutes and 44 seconds.

With each event he competes in, Capt. Hillery raises money for the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that helps injured Marines recovering from catastrophic injury. Anyone willing to donate $1 for each race Hillery completes this year can go to and make a contribution.

GySgt. Quiana Scott was selected as the U.S. Marine Corps Female Athlete of the Year for 2009. GySgt. Scott, a personnel chief currently deployed to Afghanistan, was the Camp Pendleton Female Athlete of the Year.


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