Fort McCoy News June 24, 2016

Post's paved track offers safe running, walking area

Fort McCoy's half-mile paved track provides a safe place for units and individuals to walk and run.

The track and adjoining training facility are located on East Eaton Road behind Parade Field No. 1.

Installation Safety Office Safety Manager Randy Eddy said the track is an ideal location for units to conduct their annual physical training and for people to walk or run without having to worry about vehicle traffic.

Soldiers get in an early morning run at the Fort McCoy Physical Fitness Training Site June 13. The track can be reserved by units through Range Scheduling.
Soldiers get in an early morning run at the Fort McCoy Physical Fitness
Training Site June 13. The track can be reserved by units through Range
Scheduling.
Photo by Lou Ann Mittelstaedt

"It is isolated from other activities and provides an even, flat surface to run on," Eddy said. "It also eliminates many other obstacles and distractions."

People who like to listen to music while walking or running may want to check out the track.

The track and the Rumpel Fitness Center gymnasium are the only two places within the cantonment area where people may use headphones or earbuds while walking or running.

Department of Defense civilians, contractors, and Family members may use the track when a unit is not using it, said Scheduling Specialist Mark Stelzner with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

Stelzner said those with access may check the training bulletin to see if the facility has been reserved, but the important thing is to use common sense.

If a unit is conducting physical training, he said, individuals should find another location, such as the fitness center, to run by themselves.

Law-enforcement units and other groups may reserve the track, but military units get priority, Stelzner said.

For more information about safety, call the Safety Office at 608-388-3403.

To reserve the track, call Range Scheduling at 608-388-4142.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)