Fort McCoy News May 26, 2017

Runners vying for spots

on Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team

BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Both active- and reserve-component Soldiers at Fort McCoy are vying for a chance to represent the installation in the Army Ten-Miler competition in October in Washington, D.C.

The Fort McCoy team, led by Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah, executive officer for the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade (MFTB), and Maj. Martin Wennblom, operations officer for the 181st MFTB.

Maj. Martin Wennblom, operations officer for the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade, competes in a recent off-post running event.
Maj. Martin Wennblom, operations officer for
the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade,
competes in a recent off-post running event.
Wennblom is helping establish the 2017 Fort
McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team.
Contributed photo.

Both Woommavovah and Wennblom are experienced runners. Woommavovah is a certified USA Track and Field coach with 10 years of experience and has raced competitively for years.

Wennblom, has raced competitively for 24 years, and the Army sent him to obtain a master’s degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 2011. Additionally, he was a member of three NCAA cross country national championship qualifying teams and help pace his hometown youth team to the 1993 USA Track and Field cross country national title.

Wennblom’s knowledge of training to win continued while assigned as a boxing instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he helped the Army boxing team win the 2013 and 2014 national championships. In 2012, he also was a member of the West Point faculty Army Ten-Miler team, winning the mixed category. 

The Fort McCoy team is being built as runners complete time-trial events. The first time trial was held April 13 during the April Showers 5k on post. A second time trial took place May 20 during the South Post 5k in observance of Armed Forces Day. The last time trial will be held June 14 on the Army’s birthday during the Commander’s Run.

“Fort McCoy will field an Army team consisting of Soldiers to support participation in the Army Ten-Miler competition,” Woommavovah said. “Developing this team is a means to develop support, cohesion, and morale amongst the Fort McCoy population, outlying communities, and at the highest Army levels.”

Woommavovah said they are building a competitive team through team training runs, injury prevention, and proper recovery. 

“We learn from ‘group wisdom’ and camaraderie,” he said. “We are competing at road races in our local communities. … The Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler participation also is geared toward fostering health and improving morale and esprit de corps.

“The idea is to motivate Soldiers to train for, and succeed in, the Army Ten Miler competition,” Woommavovah said. “As such, running programs, fitness events, and the time trials are held. Those who have qualifying times will be eligible to participate in the national Army Ten-Miler.”

For more information about the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team, call Woommavovah at 608-388-4929 or Wennblom at 608-388-3341.