Army Ten-Miler qualifiers set

By Danielle Davis, Bayonet & Saber /

Thousands of runners will lace up their running shoes in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9 to participate in the 32nd annual Army Ten-Miler.

According to the Army Ten-Miler’s website, all proceeds from the run benefit Soldiers’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. Individuals and teams may sign up for the run. The course begins at the Pentagon and takes the runners through Washington, D.C., before bringing them back to the Pentagon.

Fort Benning will hold three qualifiers for runners interested in making the 2016 team, said Lori Smith, the Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s director of fitness facilities.

The qualifying races don’t require early registration. They will take place July 22, Aug. 6 and Aug. 19 at the Santiago Fitness Center. Each one starts at 6:30 a.m., Smith said.

The qualifier is 5 miles out and back. Times will be gathered at each event. After the Aug. 19 qualifier, selections will be made. The top eight times will make the team, she added.

“We’re looking for male runners who can run 10 miles in less than 60 minutes and female runners who can run 10 miles in less than 70 minutes,” Smith said.

To qualify for the team, individuals must be active duty, activated National Guard and activated Reservists stationed at Fort Benning. For more information, email Lori Smith at lori.m.smith38.naf@mail.mil.

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