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Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Fitness challenge raises ante for fun runs

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:32PM November 9th, 2017
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Many of the more than 600 participants dressed festively during the 2017 JBLM Shamrock ‘n Run 5K on Lewis Main.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord regularly offers family fitness activities throughout the year, with hundreds turning out for a variety of fun runs with different themes, but the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hopes to increase participation through a new JBLM Fitness Challenge.

The concept is to give active members of the JBLM community the extra incentive to participate in athletic-based events. The first event of the Fitness Challenge was the JBLM Zombie Apocalypse Run Oct. 14; all participants received 100 points.

Points will also be awarded for several fitness events and fun runs now through September 2018. According to Aaron Jones, community recreation coordinator for Family and MWR, it wasn’t hard to put together the JBLM Fitness Challenge since there were already events planned during that time period.

“Because we have so many (events), we used the fitness opportunities in place,” Jones said.

Each of the following events will be worth points:

• Turkey Trot in November

• Jingle Bell Jog in December

• Fitness Resolution Fair in January

• Shamrock Run in March

• Awareness Run in April

• Down and Dirty Mud Run in May

• Freedom Run in July

• Pacific Pathways Triathlon in August

• Salmon Run and Spartan Run in September

Points accumulated will count for service members and spouses to achieve one of three achievement categories: gold, 850 to 1,000 points; silver, 700 to 849 points; and bronze, 500 to 699 points.

“It’s a competition with yourself,” Jones said. “The more events you participate in, the higher the level of achievement you reach.”

Prizes will be announced at a capstone event to be announced at a later date; although, Jones said it will likely take place at the end of September. There will also be a youth category where achievement levels are based on the number of events instead of a point system.

Not every base has an event like the Fitness Resolution Fair, Jones said, where service members and their families can learn about the various classes offered at JBLM fitness centers and meet vendors who have information about supplements and other fitness opportunities.

“We really have a wide spectrum (of people) who come out to give support to the people who are already there,” Jones said.

More information about the JBLM Fitness Challenge can be found online at jblmmwr.com/races.

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon