Broncos run, remember, up Kolekole Pass

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Runners take off from the starting point of the third annual Bronco Memorial Run at Schofield Barracks. Spc. Natalie Moseler, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

Runners take off from the starting point of the third annual Bronco Memorial Run at Schofield Barracks. Spc. Photo by Natalie Moseler, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

3rd annual Memorial Run offers tribute and views

Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers and family members of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, honored their fallen Bronco Soldiers during the 3rd Annual Bronco Memorial Run up Kolekole Pass, Saturday.

“The Bronco Memorial Association really provides a fitting tribute to the 71 who have died in combat over the last several years,” said Col. Brian S. Eifler, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

The 10K run started just behind Headquarters building for 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd BCT. The route took the runners all the way up to the scenic overlook point at the top of Kolekole Pass and back down.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning,” said retired Lt. Col. Dan Wilson, the president of the Bronco Memorial Association. “This day is important because the memorial in F Quad is the touchstone for everyone who deployed with this brigade.”

While access to Kolekole Pass has been denied to the public for the last several years, special permission had been provided for this event.

“On this day, over the past three years is the only time to get up over the pass to the scenic overview because the gates are unlocked,” said Eifler. “If you haven’t been up there before, you are in for a treat.”

The two events of the day were a 1-mile keiki run for kids and a 10K dash up to the summit of the pass that was concluded by an awards ceremony. There was a turnaround point at 5K for those who decided to not run all the way up.

Donations were accepted and T-shirts were sold to runners to help the Bronco Memorial Association in its mission of supporting families of the brigade’s heroes.

“As we run 3-miles up and 3-miles down, it is for the families of the fallen, and to remember because we can’t forget,” said Eifler.

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