Local 10-miler prepares runners for D.C. event
May 17, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 17, 2012) -- Nearly 100 runners gathered early May 12 behind the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility to participate in the Fort Rucker Army 10-Miler and relay.
Participants were allowed to run as individual 10-mile runners or as a relay team of five, with each participant running 2 miles, according to Aimee McDonough, fitness specialist at Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility.
Some relay teams donned matching costumes such as sweat bands and tie-dye shirts in order to stand out from the competition.
The winners for this year's Fort Rucker 10-Miler were; Cory Wroblewski, overall male winner, with a time of 1:02:18; Jeff Dasinger, male master winner, with a time of 1:08:38; Ken McGinity, male grandmaster winner, with a time of 1:33:07; Megan Howell, female overall winner, with a time of 1:08:41; Jill Wofsey, female master winner, with a time of 1:23:54; and the top relay team was team Super Hooper that finished with a time of 1:08:41.
McDonough said that the Fort Rucker Army 10-Miler is a good way for people to prepare for the upcoming Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., in October.
Jimmy Padin, individual 10-mile runner, said he's competed in many races, but wanted to prepare himself for the 10-mile race in D.C. as an opportunity to gain an accomplishment and represent the Army and his unit.
"I've been really interested in doing the 10-mile race in Washington, D.C., and I thought this would be a good chance for me to be able to get ready to do it," he said. "I've only just recently been able to complete 10 miles on a treadmill -- I was stuck at around 8 miles for a while but I've started to build up to the long distance runs as I kept practicing."
Other runners, like Megan Howell, individual 10-mile runner, are veterans when it comes to the 10-mile races; having competed in 10-mile races in Texas, Fort Rucker and Washington D.C., she trains regularly to keep herself in the best possible condition for the races.
"I try to have a [running] schedule where I'll do intervals of long runs and shorter, easy runs," she said. "I've done the Army 10-Miler for the past few years because it's a lot of fun for me and when I go up to D.C. for that run its like a big reunion -- it's pretty awesome to run it."