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Schriever hosts 10th annual triathlon

Gail Smicklas, Air Force Space Command, completes the 12-mile bike ride portion of the 10th annual Schriever Triathlon Aug. 22, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Thirty-two members competed in the triathlon, which consisted of a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Gail Smicklas, Air Force Space Command, completes the 12-mile bike ride portion of the 10th annual Schriever Triathlon Aug. 22, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Thirty-two members competed in the triathlon, which consisted of a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Zachary Owen, 4th Space Operations Squadron, runs to the finish line during the 10th annual Schriever Triathlon Aug. 22, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Owen placed first in the male category with an overall time of 1:08:08. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Zachary Owen, 4th Space Operations Squadron, runs to the finish line during the 10th annual Schriever Triathlon Aug. 22, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Owen placed first in the male category with an overall time of 1:08:08. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE, Colo. -- Thirty-two Team Schriever members swam 400 meters, biked 12 miles and ran 3.1 miles during the 10th annual Triathlon Aug. 22 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

First place winner for the male category was Zachary Owen, 4th Space Operations Squadron, with a time of 1:08:08. The female category first place winner was Gail Smicklas, Air Force Space Command, with a time of 1:35:40.

Seth Canello, Schriever fitness and sports manager, coordinated all 10 of the triathlons here and said this event went very well.

"The weather was nice and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves," said Canello. "Recently we had experienced some rain so the bike route was more treacherous than normal. A few people crashed their bikes unfortunately, but were able to continue the event."

The mishaps proved the Schriever Triathlon was a challenging race, said Canello.

"No one part is easier than the other," he said. "The race is just difficult, period."

Canello believes holding sporting events, such as the triathlon, challenges Schriever members to think about health and wellness beyond the Air Force fitness assessment.

"We should all strive to be in excellent physical condition," said Canello. "Setting fitness goals is a good place to start. Then you can build from those goals and challenge yourself to be better or faster the next time."

Michael Morgan, 50th Space Communication Squadron, is no stranger to setting fitness goals. Morgan placed second overall in the triathlon. In fact, this was his third triathlon here, and the very next day, he competed in a 50-mile ultra-marathon in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

"I've gotten a little bit better each year," Morgan said. "I was really happy with how I performed overall, especially considering last weekend, I ran the Pikes Peak Marathon."
Morgan, a self-proclaimed adventurist, said he loves being outdoors and testing his limits.

"I love to challenge myself," he said. "I'm also very fortunate to have my family here to cheer me on and support me in my ventures."

Thanks to sponsors, the first, second and third place winners received cash prizes and all participants received a bag with a towel and headband. Canello encouraged anyone interested in challenging themselves to participate in future events.

"The events are free so what do you have to lose," he asked.

For more information, please contact the Schriever Fitness Center at 567-6628.

Top three males
Zachary Owen, 4th Space Operations Squadron, 1:08:08
Micah Morgan, 50 SCS, 1:15:28
Nathaniel Lee, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, 1:18:45

Top three females
Gail Smicklas, Air Force Space Command, 1:35:40
Jennifer Titkemeier, 50 Security Forces Squadron, 1:40:24
Elyse Crimm, 1st Space Operations Squadron, 1:41:33

Door Prize Winners
Joshua Bauman, 1st Space Operations Squadron
Eric Long, Air Force Technical Applications Center DET 46
Sheena Harvey, 527th Space Aggressor Squadron
Adam Larson, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron


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