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Knox Soldiers compete in annual Ten-Miler qualifier

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By ANDREW CRITCHELOW

Andrew Kirwa has participated in the annual Fort Knox Army 10- Mile Qualifier on three occasions. This year, Kirwa placed first out of 45 total runners in the race which took place Saturday outside of Gammon Total Fitness in Fort Knox.

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Though the 32-year-old came out on top, he said a few obstacles were in his way, including a recent Achilles tendon injury and the summer heat.

“I think this was the worst humidity,” Kirwa said.

As a result of the win, Kirwa became one of eight active duty Fort Knox Soldiers who will make up the Fort Knox Active Duty Mix Team for the annual Army Ten-Miler in Washington D.C., Oct. 7.

The team comprises the top six male runners and the top two female runners. As well as Kirwa, this year’s team will consist of Kyle Greenberg, Ryan Speray, Nahjier Williams, Brian Hamilton, Eric Towle, Matar Amit and Alana Mack.

Williams said though the 10-mile race was a challenge, it was worth making the Fort Knox team.

“I’m excited to represent my unit,” he said. “Also to go to D.C. is a cool experience. You get to travel and race with the best of them.”

Only active-duty Soldiers assigned to Fort Knox could qualify to represent Fort Knox at the Ten-Miler in D.C. However, anyone 13 or older could participate in the Fort Knox race. For those who made the team, travel, lodging and uniforms will be covered by Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted the race, which is part of
the Fort Knox Race Series that includes The Shamrock Shuffle
5K and the SHARP 5K.

Austin Powell, director of DFMWR Sports and Fitness, said the Fort Knox team placed in the top 15 out of 45 in their division at last year’s Ten-Miler.

Powell said this was the first year in which active duty Soldiers stationed at Fort Knox who are deployed during the qualifying race can apply for admission to the Washington D.C. team. He said these Soldiers can submit a form containing a running time confirmed by the first O6 colonel in their unit’s chain of command.

Saturday’s event also included a 5K fun run, which was open to the public and not timed. Powell said this was the second year they added the 5K to the event. There were 33 5K runners in total.

“A lot of people don’t want to run 10 miles and they don’t care to qualify or they can’t qualify,” Powell said. “We just give another opportunity for them to run a 5K.”

Powell said races such as the Ten-Miler qualifier help with DFMWR’s mission of emphasizing community on post.

“It’s good for comradery,” he
said. “It’s a good gathering for Soldiers.”