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Minnesota Guardsmen compete in Army Ten-Miler

ATM 2015 WASHINGTON DC - Joining over 35,000 runners, three Minnesota National Guard members participated in the third largest 10-mile race in the world

The 31st Annual Army Ten-Miler is the Army's premier running event, and took place on the morning of Oct 11, 2015, with participants from all 50 states and around the world

"We made up a strong team of Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and cadets from the ROTC 'Fighting Saint' Battalion," said Capt Christal Cheney of St Joseph

Military and civilian runners participated as individuals or as part of the nearly 800 teams running in this annual tradition produced by the United States Army Military District of Washington Since it started in 1985, the Army 10-miler has drawn over 344,312 runners to take part in this monumental event

"The race started and ended at the Pentagon and ran through our nation's Capitol It was so rewarding being sponsored to be there, next to the Pentagon, with members from all the branches," said Sgt Kathryn Rush of Little Falls

The six-woman team of the AUSA, Gen Vessey Chapter, placed third in the women's open division, with a personal best for most of the runners The University of Minnesota ROTC teams placed 11th and 15th in the men's division

"The Fighting Saints Battalion team took fourth place in the ROTC division which consisted of 102 teams, the most in that category ever," said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Schneider, team coach

"It was fun being a part of an event to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, and support fitness goals," said Staff Sgt Amanda Panek of Sartell

Command Sgt Maj Tim Guden, who serves as the command sergeant major for Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region as well as for the US Army Military District of Washington, explained how the Army Ten-Miler goes hand-in-hand with one of the most critical components of soldiering: fitness

"As an Army, we've always put ourselves on the forefront of physical fitness It's one of those things that we cannot afford not to have," Guden said

"I finished with a time of 1:15:05, a PR of over 7 minutes," said Rush "I am so thankful to be able to run with a group of such amazing women"

The first Army 10-miler began in 1985 with 1,379 runners and has now built up to one of the largest 10-mile events in the world Thirteen locations overseas, including Afghanistan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait and South Korea, hosted Official Army 10-miler sponsored Shadow Runs with more than 8,500 combined runners Proceeds from the race go to the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families

October 21, 2015
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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