A number one ranking in the annual USO of North Carolina 5k was a pleasant surprise three years ago for Randolph Pointe, Fort Bragg’s only on-post apartment community. On June 1, it became a three-year title to defend.

A team of runners comprised of nine Fort Bragg servicemembers and two employees from Corvias Military Living, the company that oversees Randolph Pointe and on-post Family housing, ranked first in this year’s USO of North Carolina’s Run for the Troops. The group finished with the best time for the third year in a row.

It was the fifth year that the USO of North Carolina held the Run for the Troops fundraising event. More than 150 runners participated this year at Methodist University.

“We look forward to this run every year,” said Corvias, Cerina Johnson. “It has become a tradition for our community’s staff and residents to participate together.”

Due to deployments and permanent change of station moves, different runners have participated in the Randolph Pointe team each year. However, that has not stopped the group from consistently taking the number one title.

In addition to their win, team member Capt. Antonietta Iosue ranked first overall among female runners. Iosue has run several races in the past, including a marathon in Honolulu. “I don’t like to run these sorts of races by myself,” said Iosue. “I don’t have Family near Fort Bragg, so I thought it would be fun to run with the team.”

Iosue was not the only Randolph Pointe runner who took home a title that day. First Lt. Lara Senteno ranked second overall among female runners and 2nd Lt. Trevor Gingrich ranked third among male runners as well as third place overall in the race.

No winning team is complete without a coach and Staff Sgt. Francis Lovato was nicknamed “Coach Corvias” for cheering on fellow runners near the finish line. “I should have just gone back with donuts. That would have been great motivation,” joked Lovato.

In the end, the group won without the donuts and enjoyed the day knowing that the race benefited the USO of North Carolina’s servicemembers and Families.

“I missed a flight connection once and I was stuck at the airport for five hours,” said Iosue. “So, I went to the USO and waited for my flight there. No matter where you go, the USO is always so friendly.”