HAPCHEON, South Korea--Hundreds of people, including more than 40 Soldiers, Family Members and Civilians from the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, "Team 19", competed in the unique Hwang River Aquatic Marathon, July 27, hosted by the 19th ESC Civil Affairs office partnered with the Daegu Compass.
The uniquely challenging marathon, unlike any other marathon in Korea, required participants to run through parts of the Hwang River, with some areas of water reaching waist-high for the average competitor during the 2K, 5K, and 10K races.
Sgt. Adrianne R. Langley, Civil Affairs office budget analyst, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 19th ESC said, "I went to the event not knowing what to expect and it was amazing, some runners were dressed like zombies."
Langley participated in the 10K event, and said the people of the community treated him like family during the marathon, "it took me two hours to reach the finish line, but the other runners were cheering me on and really encouraging me along the way which was the best part of my day."
After the marathon, members of Team 19 took part in the bare-hand fishing event and went on to tour the Hapcheon Movie Theme Park, one of the largest film and television studios in Korea, making memories they won't soon forget.
"I enjoyed this trip a lot," said Pfc. Zachary T. Cate, the command sergeant major's driver for the Materiel Support Command Korea, 19th ESC. "It was definitely an experience I will never forget and I enjoyed being able to compete with the Korean athletes."
Cate emphasized that events like these and meeting new people, bring a more cultural experience to his tour in Korea while understanding strength in diversity.