FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Soldiers from across the installation competed in a 10-kilometer race May 12 to determine who will represent Fort Drum in the 26th annual Army Ten-Miler this fall.

Some 40 runners competed in the qualifying race. The top male runner was Patrick Frank, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, with a time of 37:08:00. The top female runner was Laura Wells, 3rd BCT, with a time of 43:45:00.

Wells competed in last year's Army Ten-Miler event, said Diane Sykes, secretary for the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Office. Wells planned her rest and relaxation time from her tour in Afghanistan last year so she could participate in the event.

The Fort Drum team will consist of 28 runners. There will be an all-male team of six, all-female team of six, a mixed gender team of six, a mixed gender master team of six, and a male and female master individual. To compete in the master category, runners must be at least 40 years old.

"We are looking for runners (who) will represent the post well, win or lose," said James M. Moshier, sports specialist for the Fort Drum FMWR Sports Office.

Capt. Alvin Cavalier will serve as coach for the team, but the roster is not finished, Moshier said.
The 26th annual Army Ten-Miller is scheduled for Oct. 24, in Washington, D.C. Race organizers expect to have about 30,000 runners competing.

Fort Drum FMWR will provide the team with uniforms, hotel accommodations, transportation to the race and meals, Sykes said.

"We take good care of them because they are representing Fort Drum," she said.