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Annual Schriever duathlon inspires, challenges participants

Participants run down the path during the first 1-mile portion of the 13th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, June 9, 2017. The event required athletes to complete a 1-mile run, followed by a 12-mile bike ride and finish with another 1-mile run. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Participants run down the path during the first 1-mile portion of the 13th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, June 9, 2017. The event required athletes to complete a 1-mile run, followed by a 12-mile bike ride and finish with another 1-mile run. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Participants run down the running path during the first portion of the 12th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base Colorado, Friday June 17, 2016. The event required all 22 participants to complete a 1-mile run, followed by a 12-mile bike ride and finish with another 1-mile run. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Participants run down the running path during the first portion of the 12th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base Colorado, Friday June 17, 2016. The event required all 22 participants to complete a 1-mile run, followed by a 12-mile bike ride and finish with another 1-mile run. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Zach Owen, former 3rd Experimentation Squadron commander, flashes a three for his unit while biking during the 12th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base Colorado, Friday June 17, 2016. Owen finished first overall in the event with a time of 1:00:44. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Zach Owen, former 3rd Experimentation Squadron commander, flashes a three for his unit while biking during the 12th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base Colorado, Friday June 17, 2016. Owen finished first overall in the event with a time of 1:00:44. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Participants run down the path during the first 1-mile portion of the 13th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, June 9, 2017. Race guides were present to ensure safety and that nobody veered off the racing path. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Participants run down the path during the first 1-mile portion of the 13th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, June 9, 2017. Race guides were present to ensure safety and that nobody veered off the racing path. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Capt. Matthew Cork, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, bikes during the 13th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base Colorado, Friday, June 9, 2017. He finished first overall in the event with a time of 58:59. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Capt. Matthew Cork, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, bikes during the 13th annual Schriever duathlon at Schriever Air Force Base Colorado, Friday, June 9, 2017. He finished first overall in the event with a time of 58:59. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The start of summer brings another opportunity for Team Schriever to participate in the annual Schriever duathlon June 9.

 

During the event, athletes will complete a 1-mile run followed by a 12-mile bike ride around the base perimeter, followed by another 1-mile run.

 

“There is a transition point set up by the paved running path,” said Mark Schuette, 50th Force Support Squadron assistant fitness and sports manager. “The transition point acts as the start and finish of the running and biking portions. Since the run and bike portions are loops that begin and end at the transition point, we track progress by completion of each loop. There will be race guides on the perimeter to ensure that nobody cuts corners and to help participants who break down or need medical assistance.”

 

The 2017 Schriever duathlon marks the 13th consecutive summer the fitness center will host the event. According to Schuette, approximately 30 to 40 participants sign up for this event each year.

 

Staff Sgt. Brian Parra, 2nd Space Operations Squadron satellite system operator, has already signed up and is ready for the challenge.

 

“This would mark my first time participating in the duathlon,” Parra said. “I actually heard about the race through my supervisor who participated in the race last year; she earned second place. I've always been interested in the base physical events like the triathlon, GoRuck, half marathon and turkey trot. This is right up my alley of things I like to do, plus the mental and physical challenge of a race is always exciting.”

 

The deadline to register is June 7.

 

There will be prizes for the top three females and top three male finishers and all participants will earn T-shirts.

 

“My favorite part would be the bike ride,” Parra said. “Cruising around the perimeter of Schriever gives you the realization that not much is around the base and we really do seem isolated from a lot of the city, however, the scenery is pretty amazing especially when you can see Pikes Peak on a clear day. I'm excited to participate in the race with a good group of people who share the same interests and being able to have the opportunity to network outside your work area.”

 

Schuette has advice for Schriever members planning to participate this year.

 

“I think people should know that the purpose of these events are to have fun and they are also completely free,” Schuette said. “I would say not to be intimidated by the events or other competitors; all of our participants are very supportive of each other. Since the events are annual, participants can give the events a shot this year and see where they stand. Then they can set a goal to shoot for next year to improve their time and try to place in the top three.”

 

Team Schriever can also look forward to a collaborative tri-wing triathlon, taking place this summer; the 10th, 21st and 50th FSS will present the event.

 

Schriever will host the mountain bike portion of the Tri-Wing triathlon at the base picnic July 21. The run portion will be at the United States Air Force Academy June 3 and the swim portion will take place at Peterson Air Force Base June 24.

 

For more information, contact the base fitness center at 567-6628.

 

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