Big Red One teams finish near top in Army Ten-Miler
October 13, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ten Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division represented the Big Red One with top performances in the 27th annual running of the Army Ten-Miler.
The Fort Riley and 1st Inf. Div.'s men's team placed 39th, and the women's team placed 186th out of nearly 600 teams overall.
More than 30,000 runners from across the globe descended upon the nation's capital Oct. 9 for the 27th annual race, which is currently the third largest competitive run in the world.
"I have a great time competing. I spend a lot of time running and conditioning, so getting to run is a great honor," said Capt. Alex Tignor, captain of the men's team.
The race marked Tignor's second consecutive year representing the BRO in the competition. Tignor, who serves in 701st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., came in 766th place out of the race's 21,914 finishers. He crossed the finish line with a time of 1:07:58.
The Fort Riley and 1st Inf. Div. Men's Team finished with a combined time of 4 hours and 17 minutes, earning 16th place out of 47 teams entered in the Active Duty Men - Commanders Cup class. With a combined time of 5 hours and 8 minutes, the Fort Riley's Women's Team was awarded 12th place in the Active Duty Women --Commanders Cup category.
"It feels amazing to be here and able to compete in this event," said 1st Lt. Ashley Longaker, STB, 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div.
This was Longaker's first time competing in the national event, and she received a personal record with a completion time of 1 hour and 17 minutes.
The 10 participants selected to represent Fort Riley in the race were chosen for the team after capturing top spots in either the 10-mile Run during Victory Week in June or the 10-5-2 Prairie Run in July. Both races are conducted annually at Fort Riley and serve as a qualifier for active-duty Soldiers to represent the Fort Riley and the 1st Inf. Div. in the ATM.
The team's runners said they plan to continue training during the upcoming year in hopes of representing the division and Fort Riley in next year's race.