The 249th Engineer Battalion took a leap forward in its FY19 Commander’s Cup title campaign by winning the annual intramural Formation Run championship trophy, Friday at Pullen Track. 

Along with the 249th, teams representing U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Aerospace Data Facility- East, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency competed in the event, a run that covered 4.8 miles. 

Winners are determined by how many finishers are in formation when each unit crosses the finish line, not necessarily the fastest time, according to Sheila Edwards, Fort Belvoir sports director, as she explained the race format. Each unit, first through fourth place, receives a monetary award for the unit funds. 

Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander, Col. Michael Greenberg, hosted the event with Joe Castro, Kawamura Human Performance Center supervisory sports specialist. 

The Survivor Outreach Services

Run to Honor 5K event followed the Formation Run and gave community members and mission-partner employees a chance to compete in remembrance of fallen Service members and family members who have served in the armed forces. 

Gayla Anderson sang the National Anthem to begin the event—a bittersweet moment as the performance was Anderson’s final rendition on post as she will be moving out of the area soon. 

Greenberg then welcomed race participants to Pullen Track. 

“I want to thank everyone for coming out today to compete in the Commander’s Cup Formation Run and the Run to Honor 5K,” he said during his opening remarks. “This event is not all about how fast you run; it’s about camaraderie and colleagues getting together, regardless of what branch you’re in or who you work for. 

“We love this annual event because it brings our Service members together in athletic competition—to increase fitness, camaraderie and cohesion. The Run to Honor offers us a time to reflect on those who can’t be here today,” Greenberg said. “Some who are running today are doing so to honor Service members, families, friends, grandparents; others are running to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Fort Belvoir is what it is because of the people in our units. Thank you for your enthusiasm, spirit and camaraderie.” 

Castro hosted a ceremony after the runners returned and awarded the Formation Run champion trophy to the 249th Engineer Battalion team and first-place awards to the winners of the Run to Honor 5K. Brian Denaro claimed first place in the men’s division with a time of 19:45, and Aliza Moya-Barnes took first place in the women’s division with a time of 23:21. 

To learn more about Fort Belvoir’s annual Formation Run, the SOS Run to Honor 5K, and the installation’s intramural sports program, visit https://belvoir.armymwr.com or call Justin Fitzgerald, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their respective unit representative to sign up and get schedules.