Race aids in team selection for Armywide competition
Overall winner 2nd Lt. Nick Dason races down Third Avenue toward the finish line in Fort Rucker's 10-miler race May 16. Dason finished the event in about 58 minutes.

FORT RUCKER, Ala.--Soldiers here vied for a spot on the installation's 10-miler team as they competed in the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Army 10-miler Run Off and Relay May 16.

The overall winner was 2nd Lt. Nick Dason, who finished in 58:38. Dason, who said he plans to run for Fort Rucker at the AUSA national competition, said he used the event as a tune-up for the Armed Forces Triathlon in California in two weeks.

Dason is one of seven representing the U.S. Army in the event.

"I like to do all local races. It is good training time," he said. "This is a great race. DFMWR does a great job with it."

Fort Rucker 10-miler Team Coach Capt. Jesse Blanton said Saturday's run was an opportunity "to identify runners on post" by times and interest as the installation hopes to win its third straight open-mixed team title.

Blanton said participating in Saturday's event was not mandatory in order to make the team. He added consistent training would be key for Soldiers to become one of the eight members participating in the national competition.

"The good thing is we have four or five months of training we can do," Blanton said, noting 1,000 miles of training runs await potential team members. Even though as many as eight runners will represent Fort Rucker, only the top four times count toward the final time at the national event.

Since Fort Rucker is participating in a mixed competition, at least one time from each gender is required in the overall tally. Blanton believes Fort Rucker will capture a third straight title.

"We've won the past two," he said. "Having this (run) early enough helps."

Hoping to be considered for the 10-miler team was one of the reasons 2nd Lt. Jennifer Woods participated in the run Saturday.

"I enjoy running competitions," she said. "Making the team would be an added perk." Woods crossed the finish line with the top female time in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 32 seconds.

For the 25th year, the Association of the U.S. Army will host a 10-mile running competition Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C., to kick off its national convention.

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