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Mobilization

McCoy Army Ten-Miler team finishes 2nd

By Master Sgt. Christina Steiner, 84th Army Reserve Training Center

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.

Photo: 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. (Contributed photo)
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. (Contributed photo)

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 race.

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 tempos.

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.”

Photo: 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)
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 Fort McCoy.

“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.

 

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