News: Multinational soldiers run Army Ten-miler shadow run
Story by Pfc. Brian Holloran
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - Soldiers from several countries participated in a shadow run of the Army Ten-Miler Oct. 24 at Camp Bondsteel.
The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event held in Washington, D.C. It is intended to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals and enhance community relations. While the official Army Ten-Miler is held in D.C., the Army holds shadow runs all across the world.
"Shadow runs are runs that start at the same time as the official run in D.C., but they are held in different locations," said Renee Favors, Morale, Welfare, Recreation specialist. "Every year they are held in deployed areas like Iraq, Afghanistan and here on Camp Bondsteel."
"The fact that our run kicks off at the same time across the world gives us all a feeling of participation in something bigger than us," said 1st Lt. William Northern, physical therapy officer-in-charge, an Army Reservist with Task Force Falcon Medical, Multi-National Battle Group-East, and a participant in the Camp Bondsteel race.
The run is a departure from daily routine and an opportunity for exercise and competition with others.
"It's great to get out here and run with soldiers from so many different nations and push ourselves together," said Spc. Julio Alvarez, military police officer, 544th Military Police Company, MNBG-E, and a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard. "I hope I get the chance to participate in more events like this one."
These morale building events are important for multiple reasons, not least of which is physical fitness.
"Events like this are important to help the troops keep their competitive edges, to challenge each other to reach new goals and heights and to create unit cohesion," said Favors. "We hold a shadow run every year and will continue to hold them, and other events to keep our troops as happy as possible."
Polish Sgt. Krzysztof Jenorowski was the first to cross the Camp Bondsteel finish line, with a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds, in the group of male runners ages 30 - 34. The first female to finish (age group 30 - 34) was U.S. Capt. Felicia Anderson, in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 30 seconds.
Other Camp Bondsteel group winners were: Males 18 - 24, Ukraine Warrant Officer Roman Lupashko (1:12:30); 25 - 29, Ukraine Sgt. Ruslan Kononenko (1:6:3); 35 - 39, Ukraine Maj. Yevhan Piven (1:17:14); 40 - 44, U.S. Sgt. 1st Class Edwin Perez-Morales (1:26:19); 45 - 49, U.S. Staff Sgt. Luis Amalbert (1:26:19); 50 and over, U.S. 1st Sgt. Steven Galvin (1:14:9); Female 25 - 29, U.S. Staff Sgt. Toni Franks (2:1:0); 35 - 39, U.S. Spc. Bertha Morales-Guzman (1:47:6).