|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Runners at Fort McCoy have several choices to run one- to five-mile
marked routes at the installation.
The Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, has an outdoor venue and
indoor route. A one-half mile asphalt track and an adjoining fitness
structure is available near Parade Field 1. A running route has been
marked on the installation cantonment area’s far west side on West 13th
Avenue to serve mobilizing troops, and Soldiers here for two-week or
Instructors from the 1st, 426th
(Field Artillery) of the Wisconsin Military Academy at Fort
McCoy conduct an Army Physical Fitness Test run at the one-half
mile training track near Parade Field 1.
Rumpel Fitness Center
Jeff Utesch, Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center manager, said the fitness
center has marked one-, two-, three- and five-mile routes, which begin
near the fitness center entrance. The one-mile route also traverses the
same route as a one-mile fitness route, which includes various obstacles
or fitness stations to negotiate, he said.
“Members of the Fort McCoy community can use the fitness center routes,
and they don’t need to reserve the routes,” Utesch said. “We have
designed the routes to keep runners away from traffic as much as
Maps of the routes are available inside the Rumpel Fitness Center,
building 1122, or smaller versions can be obtained at the facility to be
used for guidance on the route. Markers also are placed along the routes
with arrows to guide runners.
An indoor running track in the fitness center also is available for use
during normal business hours, and is a good choice in inclement weather,
Utesch said. Only authorized patrons can use the indoor track.
Authorized patrons also can use the fitness center locker room/shower
facilities to secure their regular clothing, change into running gear or
physical training clothing and shower when finished with their
For more information, visit the fitness center or call 608-388-2290.
One-half mile track
The one-half mile track has a priority for military usage, such as for
those personnel taking the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), said Mark
Stelzner, Fort McCoy Range scheduler.
Units using the adjoining indoor structure to take the APFT are
encouraged to reserve the facility, because they will need to pick up
keys and clear the facility when they complete their training. Stelzner
said reservations can be made on the Fort McCoy Extranet by filling out
Form 38. For more information or to check the scheduled use of the
facility, call 608-388-5313/4142/3024.
“Members of the Fort McCoy community can use the facility when there is
no one using it,” Stelzner said. “They will need to yield to units that
have scheduled the use of the facility. If units want to ensure they
will have unrestricted access to the track or building, they should
reserve its use in advance. ”
MOB PT route
Mobilized units and Soldiers at Fort McCoy for two-week or weekend
training can use the two- to four-mile MOB PT route, which is closed to
traffic from 5-8 a.m. daily.
Master Sgt. Scott Penkova, the Contingency Operating Base mayor for
mobilization, said units or individuals can use the route on a
first-come, first-served basis, and must follow all the rules of running
outside on the streets at Fort McCoy.
“Troops running in formation on this route need to wear a safety belt or
vest,” Penkova said. “If troops run outside the no-traffic time, they
will need to provide road guards. Signs are posted in the area to remind
motorists passing troops that they must drive 10 mph.”
For more information about the route, call 608-388-1027.
Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager,
said anyone running on Fort McCoy streets is encouraged to run on marked
routes. Formations should run in the same direction as vehicular
traffic, or, if running individually, facing oncoming traffic. The use
of headphones is prohibited when running outdoors, except for the
outdoor one-half mile track.
“Individuals and units are highly encouraged to use designated physical
training sites and running tracks to the maximum extent possible,” Eddy
said. “Individuals and units should avoid the use of high-traffic
roadways for physical training. The primary purpose of roadways on Fort
McCoy is vehicular traffic.”
Capt. Rick Jackson, Fort McCoy police, said motorists encountering
anyone, including troops, in formation are reminded the formation has
the right of way and they should pass formations at 10 mph.
Anyone who runs during hours of reduced visibility, such as before
sunrise, after sunset or during periods of inclement weather must wear
either a reflective safety vest or belt.
Utesch said the fitness center has reflective vests or belts authorized
fitness center patrons can check out.
Authorized military personnel can buy reflective safety vests or belts
at the Exchange, building 1538. Reflective vests can be checked out at
Lodging, building 51. Reflective belts are sold at Lodging for anyone in
the Fort McCoy community.
For more information about safety issues, call ISO at 608-388-3403.