More than 60 participants tested their endurance during the Team APG Army Birthday Triathlon held at APG North (Aberdeen) June 23.
The early-morning event included a 6.5 mile bike ride, a 300-yard swim, and a 2.5 mile run. The APG Garrison Commander, Col. Robert Phillips III , welcomed the participants to the Triathlon. The event, he said, is a continued celebration of the Army birthday, that was held June 14.
“For over 242 years the Army has been building a strong, resilient workforce, whether its Soldiers, civilians or all our support folks,” Phillips said. “This morning’s event is just a great time to get to test all that great resilience that we are working on.”
The first-place winner, with a time of 49 minutes and 38 seconds was Capt. Bryce Gatrell, with the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. Gatrell said he has competed in several triathlons, and he appreciates the supportive atmosphere of APG events.
“It’s nice that they put on events like this, and have it free for the Soldiers and civilians,” he said.
Command Sgt. Maj. Martin “Marty” Angulo of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command G3 finished second with a time of 50 minutes and 21 seconds.
“It’s always good to come out here and build camaraderie, and meet the community,” he said. “You have civilians, family members, people of all ages.”
Jarad Tucker, with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, rounded out the top three with a time of 52 minutes. This is the first time making it to the “podium,” he said.
“I have been in a few triathlons, this is the first one I have done here, it’s pretty cool.”
First-time triathlon participant Mindy Gabbert, with Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, described the event as “exhausting, but a lot of fun.”
“Everybody was really nice, cheering for each other,” she said.
Triathlon participants also had the option of competing as a relay team. “Team ARL” finished first with a time of 46 minutes and 10 seconds; “Team Europe” came in second with a time of 52 minutes and 25 seconds; and “Team ATC” came in third with a time of 56 minutes and 16 seconds.
“It feels amazing to get second place as a team,” said Lt. Col. Stephan Boehmsdorff, German foreign liaison officer to RDECOM, who competed on “Team Europe” with Lt. Col. Jean-Philippe Millet, French foreign liaison officer to RDECOM, and Millet’s son, Antoine Millet, 15.
Event organizer APG Garrison’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Sgt. Richard Bernard, said he was pleased with the turnout, which included many first-time participants.
“These events promote physical fitness and keeps people in a healthy state of readiness,” he said. “A lot of it is just mental too, you keep telling yourself, ‘you’re going to finish it you’re going to finish it,’ and you just finish it.”
Bernard thanked the community for supporting the event, including the Directorate of Emergency Services, Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Soldier volunteers.
“Without the Soldier support, we couldn’t put this on,” he said.
The next athletic event will be held in August at a date to be determined, and will be part of the installation’s Physically, Mentally and Emotionally, or PME, Hard series.