CommBats defeat Marines in fitness challenge

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Photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Airmen from the 56th Communications Squadron accepted and won a fitness challenge against Bulk Fuel Company Charlie Marines. The event took place March 11 at the base track.

The challenge was a six-person relay race consisting of a 400-meter run, 20 pullups, 50 air squats, 25 pushups and the fireman carry run to the start of the 400-meter run. To win the relay race, each team member needed to perform the exercises correctly and finish before the other team.

“Both teams had good strategies in the ordering of their people,” said Dave LeClaire, 56th CS. “They played on team members’ strengths. Going into the race both teams had the best lineups possible. This fitness challenge builds morale and improves fitness for day-to-day activity.”

At the beginning of the relay, 56th CS was in the lead by half a lap. As each member progressed through the exercises, CS began to slow down. By the time the last runners for each team were up for both teams, the Marines were half a lap ahead. The last runner for CS managed to catch and pass the Marine to finish out the relay.

During the exercises, the Marines and Airmen cheered for each other and their teams to keep each other motivated.

“Years ago commanders challenged other squadrons to fitness, but it went away,” said Sherri Biringer, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist supervisor. “I thought, why not bring it back. It’s a good camaraderie-building event; even the Marines and 56th CS commanders came out to show support. It’s popular enough that the 56th Maintenance Group and CS are gearing up for a challenge.”

Fitness is an essential part of every Airman and Marine’s life regardless of what job they have. Each job plays a part in the big picture and mission.

“We need to be in the best shape possible especially in the military where it can mean the difference between life and death,” LeClaire said. “I hope this fitness challenge event continues to attract more squadrons and build camaraderie.”

The fitness challenge will be on the second Friday each month.