While most units on Fort Bragg were waiting to begin their daily physical training June 6, others were stretching and preparing for a different, but far more challenging event -— the 17th Annual Fort Bragg Army Birthday 10 Miler.

After the playing of “Reveille”,  about 2,300 runners dashed across the starting line and under the American flag hoisted high above the streets of “the home of the Airborne” to compete in the race.

“The 10-miler race is a way for Soldiers and Family members to celebrate the Army’s birthday,” said Sgt. 1st Class, Pineiro Augusto, 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. “My unit competes in all of these types of events to include the Tough Mudder, this race, and anything we can do to show our skills.”

A 4-mile walk/run was also an event offered to those who were not up for running 10 miles, but still wanted to show their support for the Army’s birthday.

Augusto, who ran all 10 miles of the race, did it wearing his M40 gas mask.

The race attracted runners as young as 10-years old all the way up to 85-years old.

For a lot of runners, this was their first attempt at competing in a 10-mile race.

When asked about her results, Jessica Michles, 19, was excited about how she did in the race.

“I am very excited! It was a tough race, and I was worried I would not be able to finish, but I had a good time preparing and competing in this race,” said Michles who completed the race with a time of 2 hoursand 36 minutes.

Trophies were awarded for first place in both the male and female categories, “hand crank” and first place team.

Awards were also presented to competitors based on their age groups.

Tegan Searle, an Army spouse, won first place in the women’s overall category finishing with a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes and 37 seconds.

Derek Fenton, this year’s male overall winner of the 10-miler event, won the race with an impressive time of 56 minutes and 32 seconds, achieving his goal of finishing in less than 60 minutes.

Fenton said he knew that he would be one of the top three winners.

“I knew it would be one of the three of us.” Fenton was referring to his two running mates, who finished in second and third place.

The 2013 Fort Bragg Army Birthday 10-Miler awards and trophies were presented by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.

After telling participants how proud he was of them, Colt went on to say that Fort Bragg was one, of two, posts that holds physical fitness to a post-wide standard.

“This run proves that Fort Bragg is moving in the same direction as the Army as a whole,” said Colt.