WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A team of citizen airmen from the Air National Guard has won the Air Force Marathon’s annual Major Command Challenge for the second year in a row. The challenge, held as part of the 21st Air Force Marathon Sept. 16 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base pits teams from the Air Force’s Major Commands against one another to encourage physical fitness.
“The MAJCOM challenge is an integral part of the Air Force Marathon. It’s a chance for runners from across various commands to compete and promote physical fitness,” said race director Rob Aguiar.
The winning ANG team was composed of full marathoners Col. Christan Stewart, Chief Master Sgt. Eric Schuffert, Technical Sgt. Jonathan Peck and Master Sgt. Krystalore Crews, as well as half marathoners Lt. Col. Kimberly Riggs, Maj. James Munnis, 1st Lt. Cody Bohachek, Command Chief Master Sgt. Ed Walden, Technical Sgt. Daniel Kallay and the Women’s Overall Half Marathon Winner, Technical Sgt. Emily Shertzer. This was Shertzer’s second Air Force Half Marathon win in a row. Crews took the award for top military female marathon finisher.
The team registered a combined time of 22 hours, 3 minutes and 25 seconds. Second place again went to Air Combat Command with a combined time of 22 hours, 21 minutes and 10 seconds. Air Force Space Command earned third place honors with a combined time of 23 hours, 27 minutes and 16 seconds.
The MAJCOM challenge is open to all active duty, reserve and Air National Guard personnel. The teams are composed of four full marathoners (3 men and 1 woman) and 6 half marathoners (4 men and 2 women). Application procedures are listed on the Air Force Marathon web site at www.usafmarathon.com/active-duty.
The 22nd Air Force Marathon, presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Sports & Fitness Expo is held at Wright State University’s Nutter Center and is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14. The event will also feature a Gourmet Pasta Dinner on Friday, September 14. Registration will open on January 2, 2018. Get more information about the race at www.usafmarathon.com