Fort McCoy News Sept. 22, 2017

Fort McCoy's Army Ten-Miler team continues prep

with local event participation

BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Members of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team continue to prepare for the main event in October by competing local running events near Fort McCoy.

On Sept. 9, six members of the team participated in the Elroy (Wis.) Apple Dumpling Half Marathon.

Members of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team as well as others participate in the 9/11 Heroes Patriots Day 5k Run on Sept. 11 at Camp Douglas, Wis.
Members of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team as well as others
participate in the 9/11 Heroes Patriots Day 5k Run on Sept. 11 at Camp
Douglas, Wis.
Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah

Maj. Gloria Rosario, Regional Training Site-Maintenance commander and Army Ten-Miler team member, crosses the finish line at the Elroy (Wis.) Apple Dumpling Half Marathon on Sept. 9.
Maj. Gloria Rosario, Regional Training Site-Maintenance commander
and Army Ten-Miler team member, crosses the finish line at the Elroy
(Wis.) Apple Dumpling Half Marathon on Sept. 9
. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark
Woommavovah

"Elroy is the center of three abandoned railroads beds that have been converted to bike trails," said Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah, deputy commanding officer of the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade and coach of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team. "The trails provide a great running surface for runners. Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team showed up in force. … We took home group awards plus ran our goal pace we plan to run at the Army Ten-Miler (in October)."

On Sept. 11, all members of the team participated in the 9/11 Heroes Patriots Day 5k Run at Camp Douglas.

"The commander from Volk Field opened the run with a 9/11 remembrance message and moment of silence," Woommavovah said. "Also, to start the run, we had jets flyover from Volk Field. A big 'hooah' to our Air Force brothers and sisters."

Team members also participated in the Fort McCoy Roadkill 5k Run on Sept. 13. "Rumpel Fitness Center did a great job with the event," Woommavovah said.

The 2017 Army Ten-Miler takes place Oct. 9 at the Pentagon. Fort McCoy has established two eight-person teams as well as five alternates to participate in the competition.

Both teams are in the mixed category (male and female) for the competition. Following are the team members for each team:

• Fort McCoy Team 1 — Maj. Martin Wennblom, 181st MFTB; Maj. Tony Steinhoff, 88th Regional Support Command (RSC); Maj. Peter Demaras, 86th Training Division (TD); Capt. Billi Bierle, 2nd Battalion, 361st Training Support Battalion (TSB); 1st Lt. Jerel Villanueva, 1st Battalion, 338th TSB; 1st Lt. Mark Jensen, 86th TD; Staff Sgt. Xavier Acevedo, Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA); and Staff Sgt. Beatriz Sanchez, 86th TD.

• Fort McCoy Team 2 — Woommavovah; Maj. Gloria Rosario, Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance; 1st Sgt. Hector Ocasio, Higher Headquarters Company (HHC), Fort McCoy Garrison; Sgt. 1st Class Boyce Harris, 181st MFTB; Sgt. 1st Class Clarence Baugher, RTS-Maintenance; Staff Sgt. Joshua Beyer, HHC, Fort McCoy Garrison; Sgt. Andre Smith, 181st MFTB; and Sgt. Holli Barnes, 376th Financial Management Support Unit, 88th RSC.

First Sgt. Hector Ocasio with Higher Headquarters Company, Fort McCoy Garrison, and Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team member participates in the Elroy (Wis.) Apple Dumpling Half Marathon on Sept. 9.
First Sgt. Hector Ocasio with Higher Headquarters
Company, Fort McCoy Garrison, and Fort McCoy Army
Ten-Miler team member participates in the Elroy
(Wis.) Apple Dumpling Half Marathon on Sept. 9.

Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah

• Alternates include: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kaitlin Madel, 426th Regional Training Institute; Master Sgt. Mark Aiken, 181st MFTB; Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Brandt, 1st Battalion, 291st Brigade Support Battalion; Sgt. 1st Class Lenchow Griffith, 83rd U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center; and Staff. Sgt. Jvona Harrell, Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell NCOA.

Woommavovah said continuous practice and participating in local competitions have been great preparation for the Fort McCoy teams to do well.

"Our success at the Army Ten-Miler will come because we are well prepared," he said. "We have set goals for our team and by participating in local races we are able to evaluate our training progress and continue our planning. Once the planning is done, it is time for execution.

"We will never lose sight of our team goals, and we'll also never forget those who helped us along the way as we prepare for that success," Woommavovah said.

Woommavovah said they've built a competitive team that learns from "group wisdom" and camaraderie.

"As Team Fort McCoy, we have a goal to perform our best and represent the installation well," Woommavovah said. "We want show that we are an Army Community of Excellence. And as long as our goals are specific, measurable, attainable, and relevant, we can achieve them."

The Army Ten-Miler is the second largest 10-mile race in the United States. Each year, tens of thousands of runners and spectators travel to Washington, D.C., to join the race.