4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. Soldiers compete in unit’s second annual triathlon
About 260 Soldiers with the 4th Squadron, 4th Cav. Regt., 1st ABCT hosted the unit’s second annual triathlon May 23 at Fort Riley. Photo by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCT.
Story by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson
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About 260 Soldiers with the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division hosted the unit's second annual triathlon May 23 at Fort Riley.
"This was a great way to build camaraderie, esprit de corps and experience the self-accomplishment of completing a triathlon, said Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Kenny, senior noncommissioned officer for the squadron.
"This isn't your normal triathlon," said Lt. Col. Scott Woodward, squadron commander. "We switched out the biking event and added the ruck-march. We kept the swimming and the running portions."
Training for the ruck-march, swimming and the running began about two months ago, Kenny said. The triathlon was broken up into seven groups each consisting of 40 Soldiers, with a 15-minute iteration between them.
"Once we knew this was a go we started ensuring that everyone could compete," Woodward said. "Our main concern was to identify really weak swimmers and those (who) do not know how to swim. We wanted to ensure that safety was our first priority.
The Soldiers' rucks had to weigh 35 pounds, which was weighed before and after the six-mile march. They had to swim 400 meters across Milford Lake and run four-and-a-half miles to complete the triathlon. All Soldiers had to have a life vest on in order to participate in the swimming event.
"I was here for the last one and I enjoyed it very much," said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Cruse, a platoon sergeant for Troop A. "It tests and challenges you mentally, physically and emotionally.
The overall female winner was Pfc. Brenna Lacaillade, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., who finished with a time of two hours, 33 minutes, 48 seconds. The overall male winner was Sgt. 1st Class Victor Salas, the medical platoon sergeant in HHT who finished with a time of one hour, 57 minutes, 4 seconds.
By the end of the day these Soldiers had completed more than 10 miles between the three events.