A Blackhawk is about to make a landing.
Mist of sunrise was hanging over the Northern Georgia town of Dahnolega when we arrived at seven in the morning. It has been a long day already, starting by waking up at four in Atlanta to meet up with the group at 5:30 am, to participate in the 10th Annual Ranger Run event. There are fifteen people in our group, doing the 5k Run, 15k Ranger Run, or the 34k Biking Race. The race is then followed by the US Army Ranger Open House which only happens once a year.
I need to quote the Ranger Run mission statement from the Ranger Run website
to illustrate a better description of the event:
Each year during the spring, Camp Frank C. Merrill opens the camp and facilities to the public for a day. Visitors are able to see examples of the mountain phase of Ranger training and numerous displays. A demonstration of patrol insertion utilizing UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters is a favorite with the crowd, especially the younger visitors. Other crowd pleasing demonstrations include rappelling, climbing, mountain rescue, hand-to-hand combat and free-fall parachute jumping. The day’s activities conclude with the Fallen ranger Memorial dedication ceremony.
I was participating in the 15k Ranger Run even, which is about 9.3 miles run through the National Forrest where the gateway of the 1000+ miles Appalachian Trail to State of Maine is located. The 15k Ranger Run kicks off at 8:15 in the morning, and it was quite challenging for most of us. Most of the trail cuts through the gentle hills of Georgia, with the exception of the last 3k of the course which hikes up pretty steep to the finish line. The high (and
unthoughtful) goal was to finish the 15k course in 1hr flat timeframe, which unfortunately I missed by 16 minutes. But there is always next year to do better.
The US Army Ranger open house, which consists of displays and demonstration, starts at 9:30. There are many opportunities to shoot machine guns, observing WWII soldiers, trying night vision goggles and the highlight of all, seeing the Blackhawk helicopter and ambush demonstration at noon. It is a rare opportunity to observe and have a first hand experience of the high profile military equipment this close, and we saw it all at the Open House. Credit
Many thanks to Jon Ross who always encourage us to do more outdoor activities and trail running training, and put together the SRSSA Ranger Run team. Also thanks to Carla Fernandez, who has good eyes taking the pictures (© photo credit). The REAL Marathon is about to come!
May 17, 2006 - Wed
And an additional news. I *officially* signed up for the USMC Marathon, which will kick off on October 29, 2006 in Washington, D.C. So, there will be five months training of the marathon, in the middle of the hot
An ambush demonstration
Red smoke for an ambush demonstration.
and humid Georgian summer. Wish me luck.
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