DC Gold Rush: 9th MSC Soldiers excel at annual Army Ten-Miler

| November 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
The 9th MSC’s Army Ten-Miler women’s team won first place for the Army Reserve women’s category at this year’s 29th annual race, when approximately 35,000 runners showed up to run the 10-mile trek through the streets of our nation's capital. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

The 9th MSC’s Army Ten-Miler women’s team won first place for the Army Reserve women’s category at this year’s 29th annual race, when approximately 35,000 runners showed up to run the 10-mile trek through the streets of our nation’s capital. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah
9th Mission Support Command

HONOLULU — A cannon blast rang out in the early morning hours as 35,000 runners stepped off to start the 10-mile trek through the streets of Washington, D.C., for the 29th annual Army Ten-Miler, recently.

Among those running were 33 Soldiers who traveled thousands of miles from Hawaii, Guam, Alaska and Korea to represent the 9th Mission Support Command.

We Are The Champions
Racing alongside other Soldiers, retirees, Department of Defense employees, veterans, civilians and Wounded Warriors, the 9th MSC Soldiers tirelessly dashed toward the finish line, ultimately bringing home multiple awards for their efforts.

Approximately 35,000 runners from across the U.S. and around the world compete in the 29th annual Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., recently. (Courtesy photo)

Approximately 35,000 runners from across the U.S. and around the world compete in the 29th annual Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., recently. (Courtesy photo)

The women’s team, made up of eight 9th MSC Soldiers, received first place in the Army Reserve women’s category, while the men’s team placed second for its Army Reserve category.

“I could not have been more proud of the Soldiers who placed in the race,” said Capt. David Goodman, 9th MSC team officer in charge and plans officer for the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment.

“To see the women standing on stage with their 9th MSC shirts was amazing, and the men passing around their plaque was just as important to me,” Goodman said.

A Winning Tradition
This is not the first win for the 9th MSC teams. Since 2009, each of the 9th MSC teams have come out on top in their respective categories.

“What our runners love about the race is the team competition,” said Goodman. “Also, it is the premier event for espirit de corps for the Army, and our Soldiers get a unique experience, since many of them have never been to the nation’s capital.”

The road to the Ten-Miler was not a short one. In order to participate in this year’s race, the Soldiers first had to compete against one another in timed trial events held in each of the 9th MSC’s locations throughout the Pacific, which include Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Korea and Japan.

Lt. Col. John McGowan, executive officer for the USARPAC Support Unit’s Joint Four (J-4) section, races toward the finish line at the 29th annual Army Ten-Miler. (Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah, 9th Mission Support Command)

Lt. Col. John McGowan, executive officer for the USARPAC Support Unit’s Joint Four (J-4) section, races toward the finish line at the 29th annual Army Ten-Miler. (Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah, 9th Mission Support Command)

Nearly 85 Soldiers pushed themselves to the ultimate limits to earn one of the coveted spots to represent the 9th MSC.

Among the lucky few was 1st Lt. Christina Sewell, policy plans officer for U.S. Army-Pacific’s Support Unit, who said it was a nice surprise when she found out she earned her place to compete.

“Overall, we were extremely proud to be able to represent the 9th MSC at an event that is so motivating to Soldiers, wounded warriors, retirees and families of the fallen across the world,” said Sewell.

Finding Inspiration
Although the Soldiers of the 9th MSC felt a tremendous amount of pride for their accomplishments, their motivation came from a particular team competing against them in the race.

“Seeing the Army’s Wounded Warriors participate in this race was a huge inspiration to everyone there,” said Sewell. “They have such a positive outlook on life and have clearly made it their mantra to never, ever quit.”

“It gives the everyday person immeasurable strength, seeing them fight through the pain, and in my opinion, their efforts are what make this race such a success,” added Sewell.

Since 1985, the Army Ten-Miler has grown to be one of the largest 10-mile races in the world, with runners from across the U.S. and around the world coming together to compete.

(Editor’s note: Sgt. Elizabeth Cole, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs, contributed to the writing of this story.)

 

 

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