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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 4:30 am

The clock is ticking.

With a little more than three months to go before the start of the 29th annual U.S. Army Ten-Miler race, Fort Hood is looking for the final pieces of the team it will send to the Army’s premier running event.

Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will conduct two Ten-Miler team time trials July 20, looking for active-duty soldiers to compete for Fort Hood’s team that will run at the Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C.

The trials, which start at 6:30 a.m., begin and end near the Shell and Valero gas stations along South Central Texas Expressway on Main Street in Nolanville.

Individuals interested in training before next weekend’s trials are encouraged to participate in sessions that are offered twice a week at 5:45 a.m. — at the track at Harker Heights High School on Tuesdays and at Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights on Thursdays.

For more information, contact Sgt. Maj. Timothy Wagley at timothy.r.wagley.mil@mail.mil.

The U.S. Army Ten-Miler is the third-largest race in the world and has drawn more than 20,000 competitors every year since 2009.

Fort Hood will send four teams to the race: a masters men’s team, consisting of racers 40 years and older; an open men’s team, an open women’s team and a mixed masters team. Fort Hood has won the race’s team title, called the Commander’s Cup, twice, most recently in 2007.

The Fort Hood active-duty men’s and women’s teams both finished fifth in the Commander’s Cup standings last year. The active-duty men’s masters and mixed masters teams both placed first, however. For the mixed masters team, the first-place finish was its second straight.

The race begins outside the Pentagon and continues along a route that is highlighted by the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Institution building and the Jefferson Memorial before finishing back at the Pentagon.

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