Twenty Cadets and five Cadre from the Royal Warrior Battalion laced up their running shoes and joined nearly 36,000 runners, including some 85 Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed Military Medical Center, for the 29th Annual Army Ten Miler sponsored by the Association of the United States Army. The event, held Oct. 20, draws military members from each of the five services, as well as members of the Army National Guard, Army Reserves, Cadets from ROTC and the United States Military Academy and civilians. The ten mile race route begins and ends at the Pentagon and takes runners through the streets of the Nation’s capital and past many of the city’s monuments and memorials.
This marks the third consecutive year the Royal Warrior Battalion has sent members of the unit to take part in the event. The team departed early Friday morning for Washington, D.C. but made a stop off at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where Charlie Company, 12th Aviation Brigade hosted members of the Royal Warrior Battalion for a Leader Professional Development event.
Following a briefing on the unit’s missions, tour of the aircraft and lunch with the Offices, Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers of Charlie Company, 12th Aviation Battalion, Cadets and Cadre boarded two UH-60 Blackhawks for a flight around Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The flight path took the team over the Pentagon, Jefferson Memorial and other points around the city.
Saturday morning the team set out to the Washington, D.C., Armory where they picked-up their race packets and race numbers. The remainder of the day was spent visiting the sites in and around the city. Later that evening the team came together for dinner at Legal Seafood, friend of the Royal Warrior Battalion Colonel Mark Rado, a Wilkes University graduate, stopped by the restaurant to wish the team well and offer words of encouragement. After dinner it was an early lights out as the prepared for the race early the Sunday morning.
This year the team was led by Military Science Level III Cadet Kelly Tracy who served as the team captain helping organize everything from the team’s training plan to the design of the team shirt. The Team Captain shared these thoughts, "Over the weekend we had a great opportunity to run in the Army Ten Miler. Before the race we were free to explore our Nation's capitol, which provided us with countless knowledge about our country's history. Not only did we get to explore on the ground but we were given the amazing experience to see D.C. from a Blackhawk helicopter. From the van ride down to end of the race, morale among the RWB Ten Miler team remained high. It was a great race and an unforgettable weekend."
“Watching my fellow Cadets train and run the race last year motivated me to sign up to run my junior year," said Military Science Level III Cadet Margaret Beery. "The experience cultivated into one I could never duplicate. Throughout training and the race I learned a lot about my own strength both physically and mentally. As a result, I feel I have become a stronger Cadet overall. While running the race there was nothing more inspirational than seeing the wounded warriors. Their dedication and the support of the runners around them pushed me to work as hard as possible. It was an honor to participate in a competition where people gather to support those who have given everything to protect our country.”
The train-up commenced right after the Labor Day holiday break, as members broke away from the normal routine of Tuesday and Thursday physical training sessions. The members of the team logged their miles as they executed long distance runs around Lake Scranton, Lackawanna State Park and throughout downtown Scranton.
“I am extremely proud to say that all 25 members of the team successfully completed the race and did a first class job of representing the Royal Warrior and U.S. Army Cadet Command," said Professor of Military Science Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Remley. "This is a terrific event and I am very happy that each of the past three years the Royal Warriors have been a part of it.”
Members of the 2013 Royal Warrior Battalion Army Ten Miler include:
Cadet Maureen Bullis – University of Scranton
Cadet Christian Burne – University of Scranton
Cadet Tyler Doherty – Marywood University
Cadet Zack Niles – East Stroudsburg University
Cadet Hope Oliver- University of Scranton
Cadet Nicolette Pizzo – King’s College
Cadet Michael Shannon – Wilkes University
Cadet Margaret Beery – University of Scranton
Cadet Leonardo Fernandez – University of Scranton
Cadet Graham Henderson – University of Scranton
Cadet Jesse Hodges – Baptist Bible College
Cadet Neil Jayakar – University of Scranton
Cadet Kaitlin Resnick-Lipina – University of Scranton
Cadet Jacob Randazzo – University of Scranton
Cadet Michael Stafford – Marywood University
Cadet Kelly Tracy – University of Scranton
Cadet Kimberly Heinau – University of Scranton
Cadet Peter Loven – University of Scranton
Cadet Dylan O’Keefe – University of Scranton
Cadet Caitlyn Tschida – University of Scranton
Master Sergeant Roland Cuellar
Captain Thomas Angstadt
Major Michael Dolan
Major Kris Thompson
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Remley