Fort Drum Soldiers Rise To Winter Challenge

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Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sled pulling - and to top it all off - a little marksmanship.

"We're holding this competition to see who is the best at it," said Major Bernard Van Brocklin of the 10th Mountain Division.

It's the 10th Mountain Division's Winter Challenge at Fort Drum.

Nearly 80 teams - each with three soldiers - competed in the 3rd Annual 10k Challenge.

"Some of the teams are out here and they're really going fast. One team has already completed it in just over an hour, and some teams are coming in basically at about an hour and a half," said Van Brocklin.

Winter training isn't anything new for the soldiers, but they say this 10k has been a challenging course - especially this winter.

"Running in snow shoes is kind of tough. My shins are killing me right now, I won't lie. But, it's good training. It gets you used to it - you realize what it's going to be like if you do ever have to run in them," said Captain Jesse Johnson of the 10th Sustainment Brigade.

"I hope I never have to experience this outside of the competition type of stuff. But, it definitely helped train with anything. My whole body is going to be sore tomorrow," said Private First Class Sabrina Duenas of the 23rd MP Company.

With about 240 soldiers participating in the division-wide event, it was an all-day challenge of skill, strength - and most of all - endurance.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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