Athletes test inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon

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Runners compete in the 5-kilometer portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

Runners compete in the 5-kilometer portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run.


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Kristen Wong
Contributing Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Runners arrived bright and early to usher in the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon, Jan. 28.

The race, coordinated by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, included a 5-kilometer run along Trimble Road and around Weyand Field, followed by a 400-meter swim in Richardson Pool, here.
Competitors could enter as individuals or as teams of two.

Sgt. 1st Class Yasmin Castillo, a military police officer with 8th Theater Sustainment Command, competes in the swimming portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon in Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Castillo took first place in the female ages 30-34 category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

Sgt. 1st Class Yasmin Castillo, a military police officer with 8th Theater Sustainment Command, competes in the swimming portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon in Richardson Pool.

“I think it’s a fun event that is not too intimidating,” said Kristy Osborn, the sports specialist and fitness coordinator for the Schofield Health and Fitness Center.

Osborn said, by offering team participation, she had hoped to draw in those who might have been hesitant to compete alone – either because they were uncomfortable swimming, running or both.

“Sometimes you just need to see it with your own eyes to know that it’s not as intimidating as you thought it would be,” she said.

The top three finishers for the overall male and female catagory, the three team categories and each age category received a bronze, silver or gold medal. Prizes such as gift cards and Hydro Flasks were provided via random drawing.

Gigi Knapp, 10, competes in the 5-kilometer portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. Knapp took first place in the female ages 14 and under category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

Gigi Knapp, 10, competes in the 5-kilometer portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28. Knapp took first place in the female ages 14 and under category.

Col. Mike Knapp, the G-5 director of 8th Theater Sustainment Command, participated with his daughter, Gigi. He placed second in the 40-44 age category for men.

Gigi Knapp, who encouraged her father to register, said the running portion was more difficult than the swimming portion. She is on a swim team and normally swims twice a week. She placed first in the category for girls 14 years old and younger.

David Hsu, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, came in first place in the overall men’s category.

David Hsu competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Hsu, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, took first place in the biathlon. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

David Hsu competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28. Hsu, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, took first place in the biathlon.

“Given my age, I’m very thankful for good health and fitness that allow me to continue to compete,” Hsu said. “Age alone is by no means a limiting factor for fitness.”

Competitor Sgt. Kreighton Long placed second in the overall men’s category. A native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, he trains throughout the year and had competed in the King of the Hill 5K at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Jan. 21.

“I just like competing and looking for opportunities to challenge myself,” he said.

Long praised the fact that the biathlon had varying terrain, which made you “adjust your strategy,” as opposed to an unchanging, flat course.

“I would have liked to have been first, but I’m happy with my performance,” he said. “I felt like I prepared well for this race and it paid off.”

Carmen Vega competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Vega was the first place winner in the overall female category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

Carmen Vega competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Vega was the first place winner in the overall female category.

This was the first biathlon for Sgt. 1st Class Yasmin Castillo, a military police officer with 8th TSC. She’d competed in triathlons, but to prepare for the biathlon, she had to adjust from a swimming-to-running pattern to a running-to-swimming pattern. During this challenge she was trying to recover her breathing from running when it was time to swim. She said breath is even more crucial for swimming.

“It was fun,” she said. “I’m glad I came.”

Castillo, who earned first place in the women ages 30-34 category, hopes to run one or two more triathlons before the year ends.

DFMWR will be hosting or participating in 14 races this year, eight more than last year. Osborn said the races vary from competitive to family-friendly and hopes that as participants become more “confident” and “comfortable,” they will be encouraged to try the more challenging races.

Allison Seeling rinses off before the 400-meter swim at Richardson Pool during the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

Allison Seeling rinses off before the 400-meter swim at Richardson Pool during the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ David Hsu competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – David Hsu competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ Carmen Vega competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Vega was the first place winner in the overall female category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Carmen Vega competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Vega was the first place winner in the overall female category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ Runners compete in the 5-kilometer portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Runners compete in the 5-kilometer portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ Jessica Murray competes in the 5-kilometer run portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. Murray took third place in the female ages 25-29 category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Jessica Murray competes in the 5-kilometer run portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. Murray took third place in the female ages 25-29 category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ Jessica Murray competes in the swimming portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon in Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Murray took third place in the female ages 25-29 category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Jessica Murray competes in the swimming portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon in Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Murray took third place in the female ages 25-29 category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ Gigi Knapp, 10, competes in the 5-kilometer portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. Knapp took first place in the female ages 14 and under category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Gigi Knapp, 10, competes in the 5-kilometer portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. Knapp took first place in the female ages 14 and under category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ Sgt. 1st Class Yasmin Castillo, a military police officer with 8th Theater Sustainment Command, competes in the swimming portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon in Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Castillo took first place in the female ages 30-34 category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Sgt. 1st Class Yasmin Castillo, a military police officer with 8th Theater Sustainment Command, competes in the swimming portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon in Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Castillo took first place in the female ages 30-34 category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ David Hsu (right) lends a hand to Sgt. Kreighton Long, a human intelligence collector for the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency, after they both finish the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Hsu won first place overall in the male category and Long won second place overall in the male category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – David Hsu (right) lends a hand to competitor Sgt. Kreighton Long after they both finish the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Hsu won first place overall in the male category and Long won second place overall in the male category. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ Sgt. Kreighton Long, a human intelligence collector for the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency, competes in the 5-kilometer run portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon on Trimble Road, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Competitor Sgt. Kreighton Long, heads down Trimble Road during the 5-kilometer run portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon, Jan. 28, 2017. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Ñ David Hsu competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Hsu, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, took first place in the biathlon. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – David Hsu competes in the 400-meter swim portion of the inaugural Dash to the Splash Biathlon at Richardson Pool, Jan. 28, 2017. Hsu, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, took first place in the biathlon. The biathlon consisted of a 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

Volunteers
The Schofield Health and Fitness Center needs volunteers to help at each of the races. To volunteer, contact Kristy Osborn at 655-5975.

The Hawaii Armed Forces Joint Race Series
These series take place on Oahu’s various military bases.
The first series includes the following races:
•March 11, The Kolekole 10K at Schofield Barracks.
•April 1, 20th Annual Ford Island Bridge Run 10K at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The second series include the following races:
•July 15, Army 10-Miler at SB.
•Aug. 19, Hickam Half-Marathon at JBPHH.
•Sept. 15, Sunset Flightline 5K at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
For rules and costs, visit http://bit.ly/2jnZfDu.

USAG-HI Races
Other upcoming races for the Army community follow:
•Feb. 25, 4.01K Race to Savings (Weyand Field on Schofield Barracks).
•April 15, FunFest Keiki Obstacle Course (Weyand Field on SB).
•May 20, Strong B.A.N.D.S. Color Blast (Helemano Military Reservation).
•June 3 at 7 a.m., Hangar Hunch 10K (Wheeler Army Airfield).
•June 7, Virtual Run for National Run Day. (Participants run on their own time at the place of their choosing to reaffirm their passion for running.)
•Aug. 12, Mash’n’Dash Biathlon (HMR).
•Sept. 16, SB Cross Country 10K. (This race is open to active duty service members only.)
•Oct. 21, Zombie Run 5K (Leader’s Field on SB).
•Nov. 18, Turkey Trot Run Relay (Watts Field on SB).
•Dec. 2, Pearl Harbor Commemoration Run (WAAF).
Dates and times are subject to change. For more, visit HiMWR.com.

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