Air Force and Navy enlisted members at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center ran a 200-mile relay race from Cumberland, Md. to Washington, D.C. September 21-22, raising $1,200 for charity.
The race was part of the 2012 D.C. Ragnar Relay, a two-day, one-night relay race that tests runners by pushing them to the limits of their endurance.
"On paper, the Ragnar looked fairly easy," said Navy Intelligence Specialist Second Class James A. Cardoza. "It's funny how running a nine-mile leg, mostly uphill, at night, while eating a mouthful of dust as support vans pass you on a narrow strip of dirt road can quickly change your mind. The race is definitely a rite of passage for runners at any level."
Ragnar relays are held annually across the country. Teams are comprised of six to twelve runners who each run three legs of the race. JWAC's team included nine military members - Air Force Master Sgt. Lakisha A. Adams, Air Force Sgt. Veronica Babauta, Cardoza, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Steven L. Hanan, Navy Yeoman Second Class Jeffrey S. Johnson, Intelligence Specialist First Class Seth L. Phelps, Mrs. Sheena Phelps, Intelligence Specialist Chief Matthew A. Spears, Tech. Sgt. Adam A. Yankusheach of whom averaged 13 to 20 miles.
The money raised by JWAC's team will go to Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit organization seeks to create independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength, and self-esteem.