The Fort Hood Ten-Miler team has been getting up to practice in the humid, balmy Texas summer air.
But this week they get a break on the thermostat and get to test their will at the Army Ten-Miler race in the crisp, cool autumn air of Washington, D.C.
“It’s absolutely beautiful,” Capt. Justin Marburger of the 69th Air Defense Artillery and Fort Hood Ten-Miler team captain. “I don’t know how many references we’ve made that we’re ready to run in something cool. I think it makes a huge difference that we’ve been training in 85 degrees at six in the morning with very high humidity and now we’re going to go in the nice, cool 50s.”
I expect people’s times to be better because it’s going to be much easier to run,” he added.
Marburger is one of 24 service members representing all the big brigades on Fort Hood that will be a part of four different teams to run the race.
This is Marburger’s fourth time running in the annual event. For him, the race has not come close to losing its luster.
“It’s always fun, it’s always interesting and it’s always an experience,” Marburger said. “It’s a lot of team-building and when we get up there, we have a really good time. We do everything as a team and everyone just really enjoys it.”
The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event put together by the Military District of Washington with the proceeds of the event benefiting the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. The race is meant to promote the Army, build team spirit, support Army fitness and enhance community relations.
The course begins and ends at the Pentagon, and participants will run in the Washington, D.C., area, including past the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Watergate Hotel, the Korean and World War II memorials and the Washington Monument. Runners also enjoy a great view of both the U.S. Capitol and White House.
“You go past all of the monuments, the war memorials, it’s absolutely beautiful. I would say my favorite part of the race is the last mile because it’s almost over,” Marburger joked.
The finish line area will have post-race activities like an awards stage, a hooah tent where people can interact with soldiers, a family reunion tent to meet up with loved ones and 100- and 200-meter runs for kids.
For more information about the Army Ten-Miler, visit armytenmiler.com.