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SAPR team invites Schriever to step it up

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team 5-0 can look forward to finally being able to answer the age old question of, "How far do I actually walk every day?"

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Team is hosting "Steps Toward Prevention of Sexual Assault," a friendly pedometer competition which measures the walking and running distance of participants as well as raises awareness about sexual assault. The competition is being held from June 16 to July 16.

During the course of 31 days, Schriever competitors are given pedometers to measure the number of miles they walk and run each day at work, home or anywhere in between. Each participant is allowed to take credit for up to 10 miles per day to add to their team's points. Teams can consist of up to five people.

"The SAPR office hopes this competition will bring more awareness to the problem of sexual assault and encourage the people on Schriever to get out and get moving," said Paula Krause, Schriever Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. "Our hope is that with every step members take they will think about preventing sexual assault."

2nd Lt. Josh Thogode, Officer In Charge of Procedures for the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, brought the friendly competition idea to the SAPR team to raise awareness and encourage exercise.

"It's summer time and we want to make sure everyone gets out, is active and is having fun," said Thogode.

Contestants can look forward to prizes as well Commander's Cup points for participating in this event. Every participant who registers will automatically earn 5 points for their squadron, regardless of how many miles they actually walk. The top three teams will win overall points as well.

"We are excited about getting Team Schriever involved in this new campaign," said Krause. "It is a challenge that everyone can participate in and hopefully have some fun too, no matter their fitness level. We hope it encourages discussion about prevention and helps build positive team/unit morale."

In addition to being a fun initiative, the competition also supports the SAPR mission.

"This year's SAPR training is focused on prevention of sexual assault and that every Airman has a part in prevention," said Krause. "We felt Steps Toward Prevention of Sexual Assault was a great way to reinforce the training members are receiving."

Thogode is most excited about the networking the competition will offer.

"We all get to meet each other," he said. "We get so pigeon-holed in our own squadrons that we don't branch out and meet new people. This will give us all a chance to work toward something as a larger group."

Late registration is allowed. Potential competitors should call or email Thogode to coordinate and receive pedometers. Pedometers are allowed in the RA.
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