Running and road marches are common activities for Soldiers here at Fort Bragg. The instillation has several designated routes for Soldiers to use when planning morning physical training (PT). The routes are blocked off from 6:30-7:30 a.m. with road guards set up to help navigate traffic and make sure the roads stay clear.
Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia T. Vimoto, 18th Airborne Corps command sergeant major, urges everyone on Post to use the designated routes.
“The main importance of the PT routes is safety,” said Vimoto. “We have road guards set up, to not only keep the roads clear but to help in case of an emergency. These road guards are equipped with radios to call back to their units in case of an emergency. We should all be using these routes to our advantage.”
Soldiers are permitted to plan PT events along other routes, but it is strongly encouraged to stay on the designated course.
“Units are allowed to go off the beaten path,” said Vimoto. “When they do decide to chose an undesignated route, it has to be a part of their risk assessment. Our number one concern is the well being of the Soldiers and making sure we are all doing the right thing.”
Another benefit of using the designated areas for physical training is that units can train without disruptions.
“Uninterrupted PT is extremely important for the Soldiers and the Army,” said Vimoto. “We want everyone getting the most out of their physical training and staying on these routes can help to ensure that.”