Fort McCoy News October 28, 2016

Fort McCoy team competes in Army Ten-Miler

A team of eight Soldiers from Fort McCoy was among 542 teams competing in the 32nd Army Ten-Miler Oct. 9 in Washington D.C.

"(The team) had a very successful Army Ten-Miler team finish," said Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. "They finished 161st out of all the teams, so that's awesome."

Approximately 35,000 runners take part in the 32nd Army Ten-Miler Oct. 9 in Washington D.C.
Approximately 35,000 runners take part in the 32nd Army Ten-Miler
Oct. 9 in Washington D.C.
Photo by David Vergun


Members of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team stop for a photo after completing the event.
Members of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team stop for a photo after
completing the event.
Contributed photo

According to event organizers, the Army Ten-Miler is the third largest 10-mile race in the world and is the Army's premier running event. About 35,000 people participated in the race this year, including many elite athletes, and runners came from all 50 U.S. states, as well as 54 countries.

The Fort McCoy team was led by 1st Sgt. Hector Ocasio, first sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy. Other team members included Sgts. 1st Class John Hoffman and Luis Franco and Staff Sgts. Mayra White, Zeb Dougherty, Jvona Harrell, and Nicole Reyna with the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) and Spc. Brandon Redmond, a Maryland National Guard member who has been serving on post since March completing air traffic control certification with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Air Traffic Control Facility.

Ocasio said he was proud to be a part of the team and to help motivate the other Soldiers on the team. "To have the opportunity to represent Fort McCoy in one of the most important events in the Army was phenomenal," Ocasio said.

With thousands of runners participating, Hoffman said the atmosphere was special.

"The experience as a whole was humbling," Hoffman said. "I recommend everyone to experience this run and go out to challenge yourself."

As part of the event, Army Installation Management Command hosted the "Run to Honor" social-media campaign for a third consecutive year.

The campaign encouraged participants to dedicate their run to the memory of a fallen Soldier or a surviving Family member.
"It's also a great event to support wounded warriors," Hoffman said.

Harrell also said she appreciated the opportunity to represent the installation and was glad to make the team.

"It's not too many times that Soldiers get to try out for a team, make the team, and have the amount of support that we did," Harrell said. "The support from (sponsors and the installation team) and our NCOA was truly amazing. All we had to do was get there and run."

Sgt. Augustus Maiyo, a member of the Army's World Class Athlete Program, was the overall best finisher in the event with a time of 48:20.

Following are the finishing times for each member of the Fort McCoy team:

• Ocasio – 1:27:34.

• Hoffman – 1:21:19.

• Franco – 1:19:25.

• White – 1:29:39.

• Dougherty – 1:25:08.

• Harrell – 1:28:31.

• Reyna – 1:46:47.

• Redmond – 1:02:51.

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