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Airmen brave cold weather during half marathon

Half marathon

Runners take off from the starting line during the thirteenth annual half marathon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 12, 2018. Despite the cold weather, 47 Airmen participated in the 13.1 mile race. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Half marathon

Matthew Cork with the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, runs through a crowd during the conclusion of the thirteenth annual half marathon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 12, 2018. Cork finished with a time of 2:07:31. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)


Forty-seven Schriever Airmen braved the cold weather during the thirteenth annual half marathon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 12.


Jason Brosseau with the 26th Space Aggressors Squadron, took first place for the males with a time of 1:20:32.


Vanessa Matlock with the Missile Defense Agency placed first among the females with a time of 2:22:02.


Matlock said she has only run a handful of half marathons due to normally registering for full marathons.


“I felt well the morning of this race but was unsure how I would do as it had been a while since I last ran a half,” she said.


Matlock said the most difficult part of the race was the difference in elevation change, as she moved from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois three weeks ago.


Because Matlock is new to Schriever AFB, the altitude and terrain tested her endurance.


“I hate to say it, but the back-to-back rolling hills made for great resistance training,” she said.


 Matlock thanked the fitness center staff for the opportunity to attend a well-organized race and meet other Airmen.


“When you attend an event like this, especially if you are new to the community, you are able to see the base up close and personal and meet new people,” she said. 

 Seth Cannello, 50th Force Support Squadron fitness center director, said the top two males battled the entire race, with Brosseau finishing just 15 seconds in front of Brett Kubiak with the 50th Security Forces Squadron.

“It came down to the last mile,” he said.

 “Although it's always a great feeling winning a race, without a doubt, my biggest highlight from Friday's race was discovering another runner who has tremendous running talent on base,” Brosseau added.

Cannello was worried the poor weather prior to the marathon was going to have a negative impact on the race. 

“I thought the route would be really muddy with lots of puddles, making it difficult for the participants,” he said.

The day of the marathon was brisk, but Cannello reassured Airmen the cool temperature would serve them better in the long run.

“Usually when the weather is bad, it scares off our registrants, but nearly everyone that registered for the race showed up,” he said.

Cannello was impressed with the turnout, especially the participants who travelled from Greeley and Denver.

“It’s always nice to see people travel to our events,” he added.

The next fitness center event is the two and a half mile Turkey Trot 3 p.m. Nov. 16.

Pre-registration is not required. The race will start near the batting cages and participants should arrive no later than 2:45 p.m. to sign-in and for pre-race instructions. 

For more information about upcoming fitness center events, contact the fitness center at 567-6628.

Current Commander’s Cup standings:

First place - 50th Operations Support Squadron, 1820 points

Second place - 4th Space Operations Squadron, 1500 points

Third place - 50th Space Communication Squadron, 1045 points

Fourth place - 1st Space Operations Squadron, 790 points

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