17th Annual Special Operations 10K Run/5K Walk

The Special Operations Communicators Association will hold its 17


Annual Special Operations 10K Run/5K Walk, Nov. 9, beginning at 8 a.m.,. at z Lodge picnic area (Building 0-9127 McKellars Road).

Registration fees are $25 until Nov. 1 and $30 thereafter. Closing date for registration will be Nov. 3 at 9 p.m.

The race is open to all ages and abilities.

It will take place on a USA Track and Field course and will feature state-of-the-art disposable bib-chip timing by Precision Race.

No pets are allowed on course, but off-road joggers are acceptable.

Packet pick-up and day of race registration at McKellar’s Lodge from 6 to 7:30 a.m.

Pre-race packet pick-up with T-shirts will be available Nov. 7 at Sports USA, 3 to 7 p.m. and Nov. 8 at Dicks Sporting Goods on Skibo Road, noon to 3 p.m.

Prizes will be given to specified top finishers, but all runners and walkers will receive a commemorative finisher’s coin at the finish line.

Send completed registration and a check or money order to SOCA, P.O. Box 73409, Fort Bragg, NC 28307-5002. Make checks payable to SOCA.

For more information, send email to events@thesoca.org or visit www.thesoca.org/jsoc10k.htm.

All American Trail closed

During hunting seasons, whether on public or private undeveloped land, you want to be seen.  Wear bright clothing, preferably hunter or blaze orange for all light conditions.  Avoid clothing with fur or tans and whites (like a running deer).  Shine a light when out at dawn/dusk or at night.

No one should ever be off of the paved roads unless on a scheduled military training exercise, or  a scheduled and coordinated activity (such as through the Hunting & Fishing Center), or at a specific forest recreation facility (such as Smith Lake).  To do so is a a citable offense, and can be both dangerous to the individual and constitute a serious impediment to our essential military training operations.

Fall is a great time to enjoy nature in the many and beautiful and safe places both on and around Fort Bragg.  But as in all activities, consideration of safety rules and procedures must always be Priority One.

For questions about hunting and fishing on Fort Bragg, stop by the Hunting and Fishing Center, or visit http:/www.bragg.army.mil/directorates/dpw/envdiv/wildlife.

For questions about Smith Lake Recreation Area or other FMWR facilities or programs, see http://www.fortbraggmwr.com/

General Information

The All American Trail is a ten to fifteen foot wide unpaved pathway designed for use by hikers, runners, and bicyclers. Horses are not permitted. The trail (currently eleven miles long) follows the perimeter boundary of Fort Bragg through North Carolina’s Sandhills Region and includes a 1,000 foot boardwalk that crosses Rockfish Creek and its wetlands. The terrain is mixed with sections ranging from nearly flat to fairly hilly.

Interpretive signage is provided along the trail that identifies and describes the unique plants and wildlife. There are more than 1,500 species of plants and trees, and over 400 species of wildlife — including the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker.

The All American Trail will eventually extend through Cumberland, Hoke and Moore Counties — linking Fayetteville with Southern Pines.  Please watch this site for updates.

Fort Bragg and its public/private partners have sought to create a safe, scenic, and educational recreation trail for everyone to enjoy.