By Spc. Amanda McBride, Fort Stewart Public AffairsOctober 3, 2008
FORT STEWART, GA -- The official Fort Stewart teams competing in the 24th Army Ten-Miler race have high hopes as they prepare for the race, being held Oct. 7 in Washington D.C.
After training for more than three months as a team, both the male and female teams look forward to bringing home the winning title.
"The men are going to try and make it in the top four in under 60 minutes," said Capt. Jake Karn, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. "The women hope to place in their field."
The top six male and top six female Soldiers that placed in the qualification race were put on the team, with one alternate on both teams.
After being chosen from other runners from Fort Stewart, the team started training together in late July to be ready for the competition.
"The women would run between 25 to 35 miles per week and the men would 45 to 60 miles per week," Karn said. "On the weekends both men and women teams complete one long run."
While there are a few previous Army Ten-Miler competitors on the team, for many this is their first Army Ten-Miler.
The team members plan to go into the race with clear heads and very high expectations.
The men's team is comprised of Capt. Jason Schuerger, Capt. Jake Karn, Capt. Pablo Cercenia, Sgt. Tim Insley, Sgt. Jason Green, and Sgt. Michael Sizemore. The women's team is comprised of Capt. Alexis Davis, 1st. Lt. Regina Lewis, Sgt. 1st Class Valerie Garza, Sgt. Georgina Pastor-Hernandez, Sgt. Betzaida Santana, and Spc. Amy Davis.
"Both men and women's teams are made up of Fort Stewart runners from varying units and redeployment cycles," Karn said.
The Army Ten-Miler is an annual race held in Washington, D.C. and is the largest 10 mile race held in America. More than 26,000 people from all over the world come and compete in the annual race.
The mission of the Army Ten-Miler is to promote the Army, build espirit de corps, support fitness goals, and enhance community relations.
The course begins and ends at the Pentagon, with the route passing by many of the monuments throughout the city.