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Fort Carson Mountaineer

Runners achieve milestone

Soldiers from the 4th Engineer Battalion participate in a five-kilometer run with the Mountain Post Running Club Aug. 10. Thirty-six 4th Eng. Bn. Soldiers joined the Mountain Post Running Club at its weekly event that begins at the Foxhole Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett

Mountaineer staff

Parked bumper to bumper, 9,090 school buses span 100 kilometers. This distance is also the goal the Mountain Post Running Club has set for its participants.

The club presented its first 100-kilometer

T-shirts Aug. 10 to Garrison Command

Sgt. Maj. James A. Kilpatrick; Maj. Winico Martinez, 10th Combat Support Hospital; Master Sgt. Robbie Rohren, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Carson; and Lynn Rivera, senior community manager, Balfour Beatty Communities.

“We wanted to recognize people that accomplish certain milestones in the program by giving them a T-shirt to show their accomplishment,” said Kilpatrick.

Balfour Beatty Communities and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation partnered to create the Mountain Post Running Club.

“I’m a runner; I like to run and, unfortunately I don’t get out of my office enough to do activities during the week like I used to,” said Rivera.

The running club meets Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. at the Foxhole. Participants sign up for either the five- or 10-kilometer walk or run and are given a free raffle ticket for the drawing at the end of the event.

“You won’t lose anything by coming out and exercising; it’s a win-win situation for you just to come out. There is no pressure … there is no one with a start gun or a stopwatch and nobody at the halfway point telling you you’re running too slow,” Kilpatrick said.

The goal of the running club is to promote a healthy lifestyle and community camaraderie.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to get some physical activity right after work.

We’ve looked to mirror the club after some of the downtown running clubs, which is why we decided to hold it here at The Hub, to create that social environment,” said Mike O’Donnell, DFMWR business chief. “It’s a great place to come after work and it’s open to the entire community — walkers as well as runners,”

“I just had a baby so the (running) club is a great way for me to get back in shape,” said Sue Aragon, Fort Carson Fire Department.

Participants are treated to a free massage by students of Everest College massage therapy class, following their run.

“I volunteer to come out here on Wednesdays to offer a little stress relief to these Soldiers to hopefully make them feel a little better,” said Anthony Mestas, a massage therapy student.

Contact Kris Spiller, Balfour Beatty Lifeworks coordinator, at 579-1606 ext. 256, for more information on the running club.

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