MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. --
Dozens of runners aboard the Combat Center concluded the 8-4-6 Race Series with a six-mile race taking them through the Desert Winds Golf Course Oct. 23.
Semper Fit and Marine Corps Community Services have hosted the three-part race series for the past three years. The conclusion of this 6-mile race marks the end of this year’s series.
“These races are something we want to continue every fall,” said George Schadegg, race coordinator, Semper Fit, MCCS. “They bring back a cross-country feel for the runners.”
The course took participants through residential streets, onto a sandy trail, and back to the grass grounds of the golf course.
“We usually use the physical-fitness-test track and the obstacle course,” Schadegg said. “We want to see about having the races here next year. The runners really like the grass terrain since it’s hard to find elsewhere.”
Some participants were only expecting competition, but were pleasantly surprised to find camaraderie within the race as well.
“I thought this would be a really good opportunity for unit cohesion and physical training,” said Sgt. Katherine Guillory, Electronic Key Management System custodian, Combat Logistics Company 13, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group. “It was good to see them running and putting forth effort together. I’m glad we did a run that was a little bit different.”
According to Schadegg, this race had the smallest turnout with only 35 participants. However, it didn’t stop each runner from taking every stride necessary to get to the finish line.
Coming in first place for males was Staff Sgt. Arthur Schocken, unmanned aerial-vehicle operator, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1. The first-place female competitor was Marlow Besey, wife of Pfc. Austin Besey, infantryman, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. The first place team, judged through a combination of all race times, was Lance Cpl. Tim Mejia, administration clerk, VMU-1, and Cpl. Antonio Mondragon, administration chief, VMU-1.
Although the race series is over, Semper Fit will still be kicking off other athletic activities in the coming months.
With the race series done, we’ll be turning our attention to flag football and co-ed softball, Schadegg said.
For more information on Semper Fit and upcoming sporting events and activities, visit www.mccs29palms.com