By Alex Byington
Fort Hood Herald
Marathon running is a test of endurance.
Doing it against more than 30,000 people across a 10-mile route in the nation's capitol is a battle of will, especially for a team that's only been training together for two months.
Although jarring, that was the task ahead of the four teams representing Fort Hood at the 25th annual Army 10-Miler on Oct. 4 in Washington D.C.
"When we had our time trials in July, we were already late because we had the Fort Braggs and the other teams there established and already training," said the team coordinator Maj. Kim Cox-Curry of the 13th Financial Management Center. "So we knew that we were behind the power curve, which is why we had a rigourous training program."
Created to benefit the Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, the race starts and finishes at the Pentagon while passing by national landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building.
Of the four active-duty teams to represent Fort Hood, the men's team had the best overall finish, coming in 12th with a combined time of 3:50:12, which put them fourth within the their own category. Leading the men was Capt. Johnathan Norquist of 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment with a post-best individual time of 55:53.
"I give all the credit to attitude. ... We weren't just a training team, we were a team - meaning we hung out with each other on weekends," Cox-Curry said. "So we were doing more than just coming together to train and practice."
Showing age is never an issue were the eight 40-and-over men and women of the Fort Hood mixed masters team that took first place in their own category with a time of 4:25:25. Among those chugging along were 47-year-old Fort Hood garrison commander Col. William Hill, the post's highest ranking runner, Pvt. 2nd Class Stanley Abrams of the 583rd Medical Brigade, who was first among the group, as well as Cox-Curry.
"It was exciting to go do, as a matter of fact, we were pretty confident that our masters team was going to be in the top three," Cox-Curry said. "... So our goal was to set the standard for this year and for us to win, and not barely win."
Also fairing well in their individual category were the active -duty women's team which took second with a time of 4:41:45 and was led by 31-year-old Capt. Jamie Dvorak of 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
Rounding out the post's effort was Fort Hood mixed team that took 11th in its category, which involved runners under 40 years old.
Although not directly representing post, Fort Hood had three teams made up of Army spouses, all coming from the 17-member group "Girls from the Hood." Leading the way were the younger Girls from the Hood 2 squad that took 10th in the Open Women's category followed closely by the more street savvy Girlz from the Hood that finished 12th with an average age of 43 years, and the Cav Girls from the Hood, which was 16th out of 20 teams.
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