The coach of the Fort Bragg men’s team for the Army Ten-Mile Race in October is looking for runners.
Capt. William Lemieux, who is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, said the team already has started training, but others can still tryout. The team currently has eight runners, but some of the Soldiers might not be able to compete because of responsibilities with their units, he said.
“We look strong now, but we could get thin with mission requirements,” he said.
Lemieux said six runners compete in men’s Commander Cup Division of the race. The four best times are included in the team’s time, he said.
Six others will be on a team that includes men and women.
Soldiers have to get clearance to be on the team. Some strong runners might not have heard about the race, Lemieux said.
“We have a lot of talent that hasn’t been tapped into,” he said.
Lemieux, who runs with the team, said he hopes Fort Bragg can win the Commander’s Cup, which has been won five of the last six years by the team from Fort Carson.
The Fort Bragg team’s training includes stretching and strength training, he said. He also hopes to develop strong team cohesion.
The team also will compete in several 10K races in the months leading up to the Army Ten-Mile Race, including a Cinco de Mayo race in Fayetteville on May 5. The information from those races will help the team know how the training is going.
“That validates … the work we’re doing,” Lemieux said.
Soldiers interested in running on the team can contact Lemieux at 828-467-5166 or william.lemieux@socom.mil.