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A Soldier reaches out to assist his team mate across the confidence wall, in this 2017 file photo.

To promote resilience and inspire the Army community to take on life’s obstacles, hurdles and disappointments as a team, Belvoir MWR hosts the #BeThere Resilience Team Challenge, a physical fitness event that pushes endurance, determination and will to the limits, Friday, starting at 6 a.m. at the track and Resilience Obstacle Course behind Graves Fitness Center.

Teams of four will work together to conquer a 1,600-meter relay race, 22 push-ups and a circuit through the obstacle course.

According to Charice Smith, Kawamura Human Performance Center fitness program specialist, this event—sponsored by MWR and Belvoir’s Army Substance Abuse Suicide Prevention Program, recognizes Suicide Prevention Month and aims to remind us that, when challenges are thrown our way, it’s time to rely on our battle buddies for support.

“The overall aim of the event is to bring awareness to the community on the risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of a potential suicidal person,” Smith said. “It’s to provide educational awareness and resources for suicide prevention and to let individuals know their actions can potentially save a life.”

Smith added that, so far, the event is promising to be a major success.

“We have 17 teams registered for the event (as of Aug. 27),” she said. “We also encourage unit support for those who are not able to participate but would like to cheer on their battle buddies.”

“We’ve partnered with MWR the last four years to host this event,” added Milagros

“Millie” Frank, Belvoir Suicide Prevention Program manager, “and the theme is ‘Small Steps Save Lives, Make it Your Mission to #BeThere’ for your friends and family. The obstacles participants will face in the Challenge represent the ‘hiccups’ life throws at us, and the goal is to work as a team to overcome them.”

The event is limited to the first 32 teams to register. If the maximum is not reached, teams may register on the day of the event as well, and prizes will be awarded to the top overall teams.

For more information, call Millie Frank, 703-805-5529; Charice Smith, 703-806-4430, or visit https://belvoir.armymwr.com.