FORT DRUM, NY (WWTI) – On Friday morning, local runners represented the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in a national 10 mile race.
For the second year in a row, the annual Army Ten-Miler is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teams across the country have until November 30 to complete the race, however, the team representing Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division ran their times on October 15.
Specialist Colwyn Driver, with Division C Company, 41st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, set the fastest time. The pilot ran the 10 miles in one hour, two minutes and eight seconds, but before the race he had never run ten miles.
“I’m glad my company allowed me to participate because I’ve always wanted to run this race,” said Driver. “It’s my first time running this distance so I was pretty proud of myself. I’ve done a 10K before, but never had the chance to run further than this.
In addition, First Lt. Olivia Arnold, along with the 10th Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division Support Brigade, set the fastest time among the runners. She ran the ten miles in one hour, 18 minutes and 17 seconds. Arnold had also never led the Army Ten-Miler.
“I think I hit the time I wanted so I was pretty happy with it,” she said. “I’ve been running for a long time, but I had never run an Army Ten-Miler before. I think I am more competitive with myself than with others, ”she said. “If you start to compare yourself to others, there will always be someone better or faster than you, and you may think less of what you have accomplished. So I just like to challenge myself personally and try to do hard things, because I think it helps you grow.
Arnold was trained for the race by First Sergeant Alexis Sprakties, with the music of the 10th Mountain Division. Sprakties had participated in the Army Ten-Miler server before, but an injury from a skiing accident prevented her from racing this year.
“I have been coaching running for many years, but I haven’t gotten the certification for it until now,” she said. “I was able to work on this during my convalescent leave. Honestly, coaching has been more rewarding for me than running. They are all phenomenal soldiers and phenomenal athletes, so it was truly an honor for me to work with them.
After Friday’s race, the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Commander Major General Milford H. Beagle Jr. applauded the runners for representing the division and the military installation.
“Thank you all for coming here and being a part of this team, and for dedicating your time and effort to represent the position and the division well,” Major General Beagle said in a press release. . “Rise to glory! Everyone wants to be at the top, but the fun part is the climb. So, go climb this morning!
Photos of the team were shared on Fort Drum’s Facebook: