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JBLM Sports, Fitness and Aquatics

Changes coming to JBLM sports, race calendars in 2018

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:17PM January 11th, 2018
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The annual JBLM Down and Dirty Mud Run will take place May 12 at Soldiers Field House on Lewis Main.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Sports, Fitness and Aquatics has released its full schedule for the 2018 JBLM Commander’s Cup leagues as well as open leagues and JBLM races.

The Commander’s Cup leagues are designed for units to compete against each other in an intramural setting — building points for participation and where units finished in each league. The first Commander’s Cup league, volleyball, is scheduled to begin Jan. 15, followed by bowling Feb. 8, soccer March 12 and golf April 9.

The start of the Commander’s Cup basketball season was moved from January to April 17 due to the difficulty to schedule referees to officiate games during a peak time for basketball.

“They’re covering all of the local high school games and at community colleges; it can be hard to get officials on a constant basis,” said Bruce Antonowicz, director of JBLM Sports, Fitness and Aquatics.

There will be a qualifying event April 20 for JBLM’s teams competing in the annual Army Ten-Miler. Other Commander’s Cup leagues include softball June 11, paintball Aug. 11, flag football Aug. 2, indoor soccer Oct. 1, the 5K Championship Oct. 19 and the JBLM Swim Meet Nov. 6 to 8.

Commander’s Cup leagues are open to active-duty service members attached to a unit on JBLM, with mandatory representative meetings planned before the start of each season. There are also open leagues designed for service members, spouses, family members and anyone else with a valid JBLM ID.

The JBLM open league schedule starts with women’s volleyball Feb. 17 and women’s basketball April 7. This year will see the addition of open basketball and volleyball, both starting June 16.

Along with an open flag football season, there will be spring and fall seasons for open league softball — one starting April 7 and the second starting Aug. 18. Depending on participation, each season could have separate divisions for recreational, competitive and women’s softball.

“It seems that (softball) is one of our big three sports, like football and basketball,” Antonowicz said.

Entry fees for each sport will vary. Players without a team are encouraged to attend coach meetings.

Running enthusiasts will also find the normal schedule for races in 2018, starting with the annual Shamrock ‘n Run 1K and 5K March 10, followed by the popular Down and Dirty Mud Run May 12.

There will be a Military Formation Run competition as part of the annual Sound to Narrows 12K event in Tacoma June 9. A second-chance qualifier for Ten-Miler teams as one of three options for the JBLM Freedom Run is set for July 4.

The rest of the 2018 Joint Base Lewis-McChord race calendar features the Salmon Run Aug. 25, Zombie Apocalypse Run Oct. 13, the Turkey Trot Nov. 17 and the Jingle Bell Jog Dec. 8. There is an Awareness Run planned for some time in 2018, to be announced at a later date.

Antonowicz said it is important for JBLM Sports, Fitness and Aquatics to provide a wide variety of themed runs and different distances.

“It encourages people to get out there and be active,” Antonowicz said. “I know a lot of people like our themed runs. The participation has been fairly consistent — around 500.”

For more information about any of the Commander’s Cup or open sports leagues, as well as the upcoming races, call 253-967-9210 or email sports@jblmmwr.com.

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon