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Soldiers run to qualify for Fort Riley Ten-Miler team

By Maria Childs | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | June 09, 2017

     Fort Riley Soldiers competed for a spot on the Ten-Miler team June 3 at King Field House.

     Staff of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted the qualifying run as a separate event this year because the usual event is scheduled during Victory Week, which has been pushed back to August for the 100th anniversary of the “Big Red One.” The race route was from the parking lot to the Ogden Gate and then back for a total of 10 miles.

     Reed Scott, sports program coordinator for DFMWR, said this is one of two qualifying events.

     “We usually have two qualifying events for Soldiers to qualify for the Ten-Miler team,” he said. “This year since Victory Week has been pushed back to August, we need people to qualify sooner than that for the team.”

     The second event is the Prairie Run scheduled for July 22. It is a family-friendly environment because staff offers three separate runs — a 10- mile, 5-mile and 2-mile race.

     “It’s still a serious run for the runners, but it’s a little bit more of a fun event,” he said.

     Sgt. 1st Class Darryl Jewell, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was the first runner to cross the finish line during this qualifier with a time of 58 minutes and 34 seconds. He expects to be the team coach this year, but recalled last year when he had that role and then deployed instead.

     “Everything has been so chaotic for these guys — either they are going somewhere or they are preparing to go somewhere,” he said. “They’re time is extremely limited. They still have to dedicate time to family and young guys have to dedicate time to self-development which leaves them very little time to train. Getting these guys excused by their chain of command in the morning during PT hours will be ideal for them.”

     Jewell said it is important to him to be part of the Ten-Miler team because he enjoys competing and is now on his fifth year of his comeback. When he began training again, he weighed 230 pounds and was walking with a cane, and is now ranked number two in the Masters Half- Marathon.

     “It’s a world-class running event,” he said of the Army Ten-Miler. “I love the professional atmosphere and it reminds me of the important races I used to run back in the 80s and 90s. Now being at the age of 49, I have new goals obviously is to win the Army Ten-Miler title for the Masters.”

     Soldiers who qualify for the Ten-Miler team will be announced after the Prairie Run in July. The Army Ten-Miler is scheduled to take place Oct. 8 in Washington, D.C.

     To sign up for the Prairie Run, visit riley.armymwr.com.

 

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