Fort Belvoir Soldiers and civilians are invited to push their endurance to the limit to earn a slot on the prestigious teams that will represent the installation at the 2019 Army Ten- Miler, Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C. 

The 2019 qualifying run is June 27, starting at 5:30 a.m. at Mile Marker 0 at the south end of the George Washington Estate parking lot at Mount Vernon. 

The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event conducted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Celebrating its 35th installment this year, the ATM promotes the Army, builds esprit de corps, supports Army fitness goals and enhances community relations. 

Thirty-five thousand runners compete each year in the Army Ten- Miler—the second largest 10-mile race in the U.S., after the Philadelphia Broad Street Run. 

The qualifier, hosted by Fort Belvoir Headquarters Battalion and coordinated by Joe Castro, Kawamura Human Performance Center supervisory sports specialist, establishes the final Open-Mixed and Active- Duty team rosters of eight athletes each, with two alternates, according to the best finish times. 

Runners should arrive for the qualifier by 5:15 a.m. to check in and register. The 10K course will follow an “out and back” format by which athletes will run 3.1 miles out (to the turnaround point at Waynewood Boulevard) along the paved path along the banks of the Potomac River parallel to the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and then return to the starting point at Mile Marker 0. 

Once the final roster is established, the Belvoir teams will train two or three mornings each week, right up to the main event, Oct. 13. 

During the actual Army Ten-Miler, only the top four times for each team will be used to tally the total team time. For the Mixed Team, at least one of the four recorded times must be a female’s. 

Fort Belvoir team coordinators will continue to recruit runners in the coming weeks to participate in the race. 

For more information call 703- 806-4655 or email charice.m.smith. naf@mail.mil.