10 November 2015

Fort Detrick runners pose for a photo at the 31st annual Army Ten-Miler Oct. 11 at the Pentagon. Photo by Family and MWR
'Run to Honor' Campaign Brings Families and Soldiers Together
Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs
Hundreds of participants entered the 31st annual Army Ten-Miler held Oct. 11 at the Pentagon. Among the hundreds of individuals were sixteen participants from Fort Detrick who, with the support of local sponsors as well as coordination by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, were able to participate.

The annual race is held every October in Washington, D.C., and is meant to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support Army fitness goals and enhance community relations. All race proceeds benefit Soldier MWR programs.

"I am very proud of the team," said U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick Commander Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein after the race. "Even though we are a small post without the thousands of Soldiers other posts have to draw from, we competed well and made a strong showing for Fort Detrick. Thanks to all who competed. We look forward to an even more competitive team next year."

Fort Detrick entered two teams: one team comprised of all active-duty men and the other active-duty mixed. Runners representing Fort Detrick were determined by the qualifying races held at Fort Detrick in August, with a total of twenty Soldiers competing for only sixteen available spots.

"I would like to say, first and foremost, 'thank you' to all the Fort Detrick fitness center staff members who played a key role in sponsoring this outstanding event," said Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Taveras, part of the Fort Detrick active-duty mixed team. "I am very honored and humbled that the Army Ten-Miler focused on dedicating the run to our fallen military members and their families. I, in particular, dedicated each mile to my 'always present and never forgotten' loved ones. I encourage everyone in our military community to partake in these honored events and always take a moment to honor those they have lost; hooah! Now, on a personal best, I did run faster from last year; a big 'hooah!' for me."

The Fort Detrick active-duty men's team consisted of Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, Pfc. Dickson Kurgat, Spc. Emmanuel Amoah, Spc. John McBrearty, Spc. Michael Aponte, Spc. Demmaje Brownfranklin, Pfc. Ibrahim Hamilton and Capt. Dennis Kim.

The Fort Detrick active-duty mixed team included Cmdr. Christopher Duplessis, Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Taveras, Maj. Jeffrey Froude, Capt. Justin Talley, Spc. Alisha Shrestha, Capt. Kathryn Buckland, Staff Sgt. Levis Castro and Capt. Marietta Squire.
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