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4 SOPS wins ninth consecutive 4-Fit Challenge

1st Lt. James Franklin returns the ball for the 4th Space Operations Squadron team after intercepting a pass from 3rd Space Operations Squadron during the first flag football  game of the 4-Fit Challenge here June 19.  3 SOPS went on to win the matchup and placed second overall after a tough game against the 50th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Dewitt)

1st Lt. James Franklin returns the ball for the 4th Space Operations Squadron team after intercepting a pass from 3rd Space Operations Squadron during the first flag football game of the 4-Fit Challenge here June 19. 3 SOPS went on to win the matchup and placed second overall after a tough game against the 50th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Dewitt)

Participants compete in the obstacle course event during the 4-Fit Challenge held here June 19. The 4th Space Operations Squadron claimed its ninth straight victory during the tenth annual 4-Fit Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Dewitt)

Participants compete in the obstacle course event during the 4-Fit Challenge held here June 19. The 4th Space Operations Squadron claimed its ninth straight victory during the tenth annual 4-Fit Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Dewitt)

3rd Space Operations Squadron personnel participate in a tug-of-war competition during the 4-Fit Challenge here June 19.  The 4th Space Operations Squadron went on to win the single-elimination event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Dewitt)

3rd Space Operations Squadron personnel participate in a tug-of-war competition during the 4-Fit Challenge here June 19. The 4th Space Operations Squadron went on to win the single-elimination event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Dewitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 4th Space Operations Squadron claimed its ninth straight victory during the tenth annual 4-Fit Challenge at the Fitness Center June 19.

Each year 4 SOPS challenges the rest of the 50th Space Wing and its tenant units to a physical fitness challenge that not only tests athletic ability and teamwork, but also fosters friendly, base-wide competition.

"People really enjoyed coming out and getting together with other squadrons and having fun," said 2nd Lt. Alexander Stanga, 4 SOPS 4-Fit Challenge participant.

This year's events included a 4x400 meter race, men's and women's 4x100 meter race, flag football, bench press, pull ups, obstacle course, tug of war and a bike race.

The unit that took first place overall and in the 4x400 meter race, tug of war and the bike race was 4 SOPS. Second place was awarded to 2 SOPS who took first place in the bench press and the obstacle course, and coming in third place overall was the 50th Operation Support Squadron who took first place in pull ups.

"For 50 OSS, I would say that the 4-Fit challenge boosted our morale," said 1st Lt. Jessica Boone, 50 OSS 4-Fit Challenge participant. "We went out there to have fun and get some participation points for the Commander's Cup and came out with a placement ...and some sunburns."

Although the weather on the day started out foggy and questionable, it turned out to be a pretty good day said Stanga.

Roughly 120 people participated in the event in one way or another - whether it was facilitating the different events, participating or cheering on their team.

"They (4 SOPS) put a great event together this year," said Boone. "It's tough trying to do what used to be traditional Schriever events like mid-day sports since we have far fewer members in our units and what seems like more work than ever, but we're still working hard so we can play hard."
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