Humphreys hosts fourth Army Ten Miler Shadow Run
CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Although it's slightly less than the amount of runners at its stateside counterpart, more than 300 runners from across the Korean peninsula took part in the installation's fourth annual Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run, Oct. 20.
Shadow Runs began a few years ago, when Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staffs in Iraq and Afghanistan and other places, put races together to coincide with the start of the stateside race. So far this year, Shadow Runs were held in camps throughout Afghanistan, Kuwait, Cuba, Egypt, Korea, Kosovo and Pakistan.
Since Korea time is currently 13 hours ahead of the east coast, the Humphreys run began at 9 p.m., starting at the same time as the 8 a.m. stateside run. Ted Stevens, support director for Family and MWR, fired the starter's pistol.
Camp Humphreys and Area III Sports Director Lonnie Herring credited his staff and volunteers with helping make the run a success.
"We had drink tables along the trail and at the start and finish points," he said. "We had BOSS bring in volunteers, folks standing along the road, and people handing out numbers and pace chips before the race."
The Camp Humphreys Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers' volunteers set up a water point in front of the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Headquarters, where they provided water, motivational music and encouragement to the runners, according to BOSS President Sgt. Caleb Smotherman.
The computerized chips, attached to the runners' shoes, started and stopped when a runner crossed the start and finish lines, giving everyone an accurate time.
For all the logistics involved in having hundreds of people run 10 miles, Herring said most of the work was done beforehand.
"The pre-registration is the most time-consuming," he said, also mentioning the coordination with Military Police, road closures, medical considerations, and taxi and bus services being suspended. But, all the work pays off in the end, Herring noted.
The overall top finisher was Paek Myong-chol, competing in the Men's Senior (30-39) division, with a time of one hour, four minutes and 36 seconds. Paek also won the inaugural race in 2010. U.S. Army Garrison Daegu's Rob Nott, competing in the Men's (Over 50), finished second at 1:04:50. The third place finisher was Lt. Col. Joseph Wucik, assigned to Headquarter and Headquarters Detachment, Eighth Army, at 1:09:54.
"The weather was really nice," Paek said. "FMWR's operation of the race was really good and the road was well lit to make a safe race. I ran almost from start to finish with Mr. Nott. He was very helpful in that accord. I enjoy running with U.S. Soldiers and civilians always."
On the Women's side, Capt. Pinhua Lu, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Support Company, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion and competing in the Women's Senior (30 Over), finished first overall with a time of 1:21:21. Second was Pfc. Hailey Salcedo, assigned to Company B, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion and in the Women's Open (29 Under) category, with a time of 1:22:24. Senior Airman Ashley Middleten, assigned to Osan Air Base's 303rd Intelligence Squadron, also in the Women's Open, finished third at 1:25:29.
"It was good to see a lot of my fellow Soldiers participated in the run," Lu said. "It is especially exciting to meet with a group of people who always participate in run events, ranging from 5K fun runs to 10 milers. I thought the morale was high and people had a good time. Besides, the weather was really nice and the full moon was beautiful."
In the Unit Run category, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG Humphreys finished first with a time of 1:33:32. Other participating units, in order of finish, were: Company A, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (1:37:42); Company C, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade (1:38:20) and 4-58th Airfield Operations Battalion (1:39:14).
Awards to the top finishers in each category were presented by Lt. Col. James P. Walsh, commander of 719th Military Intelligence Battalion and a run participant, finishing third in Men's Masters (40-49) with a time of 1:15:02.
More photos from the event can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usaghumphreys/sets/72157636829193294/