Team Hawaii men win Army Ten-Miler Commander’s Cup

| October 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Liana Mayo    
311th Signal Command Public Affairs

Nathan Carlson of Team Hawaii crosses the finish line with a time of 52:38. Carlson was the first Team Hawaii finisher and placed 27th overall in the race that started and ended at the Pentagon. Tim Hipps | Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation CommandWASHINGTON — The Team Hawaii men’s running team took the Commander’s Cup for the second year in a row at the 26th Annual Army Ten-Miler, here, Sunday.

Comprised of Soldiers from units under U.S. Army-Pacific, headquartered at Fort Shafter, the team secured a combined time of 3:41:14. 

Team Hawaii was one of 40 teams competing for the cup. 

“I’m happy that we won two years back-to-back,” said Team Hawaii runner and team captain Paul Lancaster, Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Command. “We put a lot of work in throughout the year, so it’s good when it all pays off at the end. We worked hard for six months, six days a week, so anything less than first place would feel like a loss.”

Team Hawaii, organized by U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and sponsored by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, was comprised of an eight-Soldier men’s running team and an eight-Soldier women’s team. The men’s team will enjoy bragging rights to the Army’s premier running event, which is also the third largest running event in the world. The women’s team took fourth place for the active duty women, Commander’s Cup category.

“As with every command, timing is also a factor of our success, since we have Soldiers transferring in and out of the command every year,” said Team Hawaii runner Marty Muchow, chief, Current Operations and Intelligence, U.S. Army-Pacific.

Muchow also said the sacrifice and support of their families contributed to the team’s success.

“Like anything you do in life, practicing for a race takes time. It takes away from your family time, and yet, you still need a support group to stay fit and do your best,” he said.

Team Hawaii was one of more than 600 teams, totaling 30,000 runners, competing in 26 categories. 

Several other teams hailed from Hawaii, including Team Signal, made up of signal Soldiers from units in Hawaii. The 25th Infantry Division running team, Tropic Lightning, took 11th place in the active duty men, Commander’s Cup category.

“Some of our teammates, including our fastest runner, just returned from Iraq two months ago, so preparing for the race was especially challenging for them,” said Tropic Lightning Team runner Zachary Taron, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID. “The unique opportunity to participate in this event is definitely worth the challenge.”

“When you have people traveling to support missions all over the map, then coming back together to train and (train) hard, just staying healthy becomes the biggest challenge in training for the race,” said Team Hawaii runner Shawn Dodge, a military intelligence officer with the 9th Mission Support Command. “It’s incredible to have four people you know you can count on, to stay healthy and show up 6,000 miles from home and race well.”

Also from Hawaii were four teams from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 9th MSC. One 9th MSC team placed 2nd in the Army Reserve, all-male team category. 

“The Ten-Miler is a melting pot for folks across the Army, so it’s a chance to see people we have worked with before, and find out what great things they are doing around the world,” Dodge said. “It feels amazing to be able to run strong and represent our units, and since we have both enlisted Soldiers and officers from different commands across Hawaii, we represent many different branches within the Army, both in the active component and the Army Reserve.”

The Army Ten-Miler race promotes the Army, builds spirit de corps, supports fitness goals and enhances community relations. The racecourse begins and ends at the Pentagon.

Team Hawaii results in 2010 Army Ten-Miler 
Men’s Team: overall time 3:41:14 (Top 4 combined)

1. Nathan Carlson, 52:38 
Co. B, Tripler Army Medical Center

2. Shawn Carl Dodge, 55:25
9th MSC  

3. John Michael Mozer, 56:30

3. Marty Lee Muchow, 56:42

4. Paul Joseph Lancaster Jr., 57:48
Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Command 

5.Samuel Gabremariam, 59:19
25th ID  

6. James Mithanga Mburu, 1:00:03

7. Jonathan Knoedler, 1:02:05

Women’s Team: overall time 4:38:35 (Top 4 combined)

1. Amy Gordon, 1:07:07
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 25th ID 

2. Kathryn Elaine Walker, 1:09:59
Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer, USARPAC 

3. Elizabeth Anne Schubert, 1:10:32
325th Brigade Support Battalion, 25th ID 

4. Kelly Lynn Groom, 1:10:58
Medical Department Activity 

5.Antonetta Iosue, 1:12:14

6. Priscilla Shaw, 1:14:16
Co. B, TAMC 

7. Valerie Lynn Aquino, 1:15:01
Headquarters and Support Co., 209th Aviation Support Bn., 25th Combat Avn. Bde., 25th ID

Lauris Trimble, 1:16:13

Team Army Hawaii, comprised of eight men and eight women, competed in the Army Ten-Miler, here, Sunday. The men’s team won the prestigious Commander’s Cup, active duty men’s division. The women’s team had a good showing with a fourth place finish.







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