The 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Army Ten-Miler team and Col. Stephen B. Lockridge (second from right), director, 18th Financial Management Support Center, 1st TSC, meet before heading to the start line for the Army’s 30th annual Ten-Miler in the nation’s capital Oct. 11.
WASHINGTON – Four months of training paid off for eight 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Soldiers when they crossed the finish line at the Army’s 30th Annual Ten-Miler in the nation’s capital, Oct. 11.
Four months of training paid off for eight 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Soldiers when they crossed the finish line at the Army’s 30th Annual Ten-Miler in the Nation’s capital, Oct. 11.
The 1st TSC’s Army Ten-Miler team, based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, placed in the top five percentile out of 720 teams with a total time of 5:05:06.
“I could not be more proud,” said 1st TSC’s Ten-Miler Team Captain Capt. Patrick Boyd, a native of Hyattsville, Maryland. “Our team is not made up of professional runners. We were a Family of Soldiers who trained together for one reason – we just wanted to have fun. The amount of effort that each Soldier put into the training was remarkable, and from that, I am not surprised in the least that the team did as well as we did.”
The team was comprised of six men and two women who had different abilities and experience levels. The team’s fastest runner was CW3 Haywood Harmon, postal operations technician, 14th Human Resources Sustainment Center, 1st TSC. Harmon finished with a time of 1:06:59.
Boyd was responsible for coordinating the group’s training and preparation. From June until race day, Boyd and the team met during PT hours during the week and on Saturdays. Their training focused on hills, sprints, regular and long runs ranging from 8 to 13 miles.
For the oldest and youngest runners on the team, CW3 Jamie R. Alonso, 37, and 19-year-old Spc. Jennie Armstrong – crossing the finish line is where the rubber meets the road. The two runners stayed by each other’s side every step of the race and finished together with a time of 1:33:13.
“What I will remember most is once I finally hit the end, I realized that I had just finished a ten-miler and that we did it … We did it as a team,” said Armstrong, a Fayetteville, North Carolina native and human resources specialist, 14th HRSC, 1st TSC.
Each year, thousands of runners and spectators converge upon Washington, D.C., for the Army’s premier running event. The inaugural Army Ten-Miler, held in 1985, had 1,600 registered runners, with 1,379 completing the event. According to the Army Ten-Miler website, there were 26,238 finishers at this year’s race.
The race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, passing by D.C. landmarks; including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Capitol Building. The mission of the race is to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals and enhance community relations.
For Boyd, chief of Internal Review, 18th Financial Management Support Center, the race was an opportunity to slow down and take in the scenery. It was his second time running in the Army’s race since joining the military 12 years ago.
“It was an eye opener. I couldn’t believe how much I saw this time that I didn’t on my first ATM … the Pentagon, the sites from the Arlington Memorial Bridge, the Lincoln, Jefferson and Korean Memorials; it was a truly a humbling experience,” Boyd said.
Alonso and Armstrong may have been first-timers for the Army Ten-Miler but they have no plans to slow down any time soon. Their next race is just around the corner on Nov. 7, and they do not have to go far to find the start line. They will compete in this year’s 18th Annual Fort Bragg 10-Miler that promises hills and more throughout the home of the Airborne and Special Operations.
“I like running with her (Armstrong), said Alonso, a Sioux City, Iowa native and casualty operations technician, 14th HRSC, 1st TSC. For me it is less about what my time is and more about esprit de corps. When I retire and look back, I will always remember that I ran with my Soldier.”
1st Sustainment Command (T) Army Ten-Miler Team
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