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Fort Drum will conduct Army Ten-Miler qualifier

(U.S. Army photo)<br />Spc. Benjamin Stropes from Fort Drum runs in the 27th Army Ten-Miler&nbsp; in Washington, D.C.
(U.S. Army photo)
Spc. Benjamin Stropes from Fort Drum runs in the 27th Army Ten-Miler  in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Kennedy

Staff Writer

The Fort Drum Sports Office is looking for a few fast runners to represent the installation at the 30th Annual Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 12 in Washington, D.C.
Fort Drum Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host a round 2 team qualifier at 7 a.m. Aug. 20 at Magrath Sports Complex. Runners may preregister at Magrath Sports Complex or the morning of the event. The qualifier is open to all active-duty Soldiers assigned to Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI).
FMWR held a qualifier in May, but officials wanted to organize another event to ensure those who were not able to attend due to training, block leave or deployment, had an opportunity to earn a spot on the team, according to Al Janssen, Magrath Sports Complex facility manager.
“We especially wanted to make sure we gave 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers an opportunity to try out,” he said.
Officials will select the nine fastest men and nine fastest women for the team. Alternates also will be selected.
On Aug. 22, officials will announce the 2014 Fort Drum Army Ten-Miler team members. Runners will be divided into one of three team categories in which the Fort Drum team will compete – all-male team, all-female team and mixed team.
The 18 runners representing the North Country will be a small group among the roughly 35,000 runners from around the world who will compete in the 2014 Army Ten-Miler.
Because of the popularity, Janssen said the second the race registration opened, he went in and reserved Fort Drum’s slots.
“Race registration was closed within 20 minutes,” he said.
The Fort Drum team will train together with a coach up until they leave for the Army Ten-Miler.
“Last year, the Fort Drum team did really well,” Janssen said, noting that he has high hopes for this year’s team.
Last year, the Fort Drum Women’s Team earned eighth place in the Active-Duty Women’s Division with a combined time of 5:10:23. Team members were Alison Atkins, Nina Barnhart, Jessica Forman, Mary Joy Guy, Jessica Miller and Claudia Smallman.
Meanwhile, the Fort Drum Men’s Team earned 12th place in the Active-Duty Men’s Division with a combined time of 4:13:46. Team members were Danny Freiden, Christopher Keegan, Michael Iozzo, Jeremy Machanic and Richard Merritt.
Fort Drum’s Mixed Team earned sixth place in the Active-Duty Mixed Division with a combined time of 4:05:18. Team members were Cintia Ctibor, Michelle Kelly, Lindsey Lalonde, Elliot Megquier, John Steger and Eddah Toroitich.
A civilian team composed of Fort Drum Family Members also competed in the Army Ten-Miler last year. The group earned second place in the Masters Women’s Division with a combined time of 5:32:21. Team members were Diane Covell, Nancy Martel, Kimberly Royle, Cheryl Steiner, Melissa Townsend and Kristen Trujillo.
For additional information regarding Fort Drum’s Army Ten-Miler qualifier, call 772-6663 or email Diane Sykes at

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