With teams geographically separated most of the time, training “together” can be difficult.
“I’m the only runner on the Pacific Air Forces team currently stationed at Osan Air Base, so I pretty much do all my runs by myself,” said Staff Sgt. Mitchelblack Sly, a PACAF team member from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron. “On easy days, if I see someone running and it looks like they’re running a decent pace, I’ll turn around and run with them for a little bit just to have someone to talk to for a couple of miles.”
But, regardless of the challenges, all the effort put in over the past year comes to a crescendo this fall.
“There’s a lot of people in my work section, squadron, and around the base that see the work I put in on a daily basis,” Sly said. “Being able to showcase that on September 15 is what these last couple of months have been all about. I consider it an honor to be able to compete in the MAJCOM challenge and represent my MAJCOM, base, squadron, work section, family and myself.”
Air Force Marathon Race Director Brandon Hough says the MAJCOM Challenge echoes the call to service that Airmen feel every day.
“Being an Airman is all about being a part of something bigger than yourself; the MAJCOM challenge embodies that ethos,” Hough said. “While one or two runners from a command may have a great showing on race day, we are strongest together and thus it takes all 10 runners to shine on race day to bring home such a beautiful trophy!”
The teams are already set for this year's marathon but will open again for applications beginning in February 2019. More information on the MAJCOM Challenge, as well as the Expo, 5K, 10K, half and full marathons and other Air Force Marathon events scheduled for Sept. 13-15, is available on the Marathon's website at www.usafmarathon.com.