|By Master Sgt. Christina Steiner, 84th Army Reserve
The Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team placed second
in the Reserved Mixed category earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Overall, the five-Soldier team placed in the upper 12 percent of more
than 21,300 runners in the Oct. 4 race.
The members of Fort McCoy’s Army
Ten-Miler team pose with their second-place trophy. Team members
are: (bottom row) Master Sgt. Misty Brown and Sgt. 1st Class
Marisol Hernandez; (top row) Sgt. 1st Class Jon Fredach, Maj.
Ricky Utley and Master Sgt. Leslie Gutttenberg.
There are 24 team categories, including active-duty men’s and women’s
teams, National Guard, international and corporate.
This year’s team included: Maj. Ricky Utley, who finished at one hour,
five minutes and 41 seconds (1:05:41); Master Sgt. Misty Brown at
1:12:40; Sgt. 1st Class Jon Fredach at 1:13:41; Sgt. 1st Class Marisol
Hernandez at 1:16:04; and Master Sgt. Leslie Guttenberg at 1:16:33.
Team members averaged about a seven-and-a-half minute mile pace for the
In order to qualify for the installation team, interested candidates had
to make competitive times on the national level in an actual 10-mile
tryout earlier this spring on post.
This year’s participants practiced
together at times, but also alone due to their units’ high operational
The runners averaged 30 to 50 miles a week, sometimes more.
Guttenberg, Utley and Fredach have run marathons. All team members have
competed in a long series of half marathons, 5- and 10-kilometer races
throughout their careers.
Guttenberg, team captain, talked about her training regime: “I run about
six days a week … about 50 miles a week … this year has been difficult
(to find training time) due to missions.”
Master Sgt. Misty Brown (left) and Master Sgt. Leslie
Guttenberg go through their paces at the Fort McCoy track as
they prepare for the Army Ten-Miler competition.
(Photo by Master Sgt. Christina Steiner)
Guttenberg works in the enlisted personnel section at the 88th
Regional Support Command; Brown is a financial adviser with the Army
Reserve Pay Center and assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve Command,
headquartered in Atlanta; Fredach is a mobilized Soldier with Regional
Training Center-North; Utley works with the 181st Infantry Brigade; and
Hernandez is with the NCO Academy. All team members are stationed at
“The support from this post and our command support has been great,”
Guttenberg said. “We wouldn’t have a team without the support of the MWR
staff who do an excellent job with our sponsors and getting all the
details of the trip planned for us. It’s exciting to go to D.C. and
represent Fort McCoy.”
All five team members have competed in the Ten-Miler multiple times,
with Brown running the most at seven times.
This year’s community sponsors were: CASE Remanufacturing Center,
Logistics Health Inc., EconoLodge, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Logo Wear,
in addition to the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
program. No federal endorsement is implied.
The 25th Annual Army Ten-Miler is the largest of its kind in the United
States and second largest in the world, attracting professional and
recreational civilian and military runners worldwide.
The race is produced by the Joint Force Headquarters — National Capital
Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. The Army
Ten-Miler proceeds benefit Army MWR programs.
Anyone can register and run in the annual event and must complete each
mile in 15 minutes or less or they will be diverted from the route.