The first-ever Great Turkey Chase was held at the Sportsmen’s Center Saturday, where 83 runners came out to take on the half-marathon.
Runners faced a challenging course including Turkey Run Road, which, by the end of the race, had created quite a reputation for itself.
Toni Kornegay, recreation specialist for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, headed up the event and she enjoyed hearing everyone’s war stories about taking on the challenging section of the route.
“Many of the runners stated that Turkey Run Road was tough,” Kornegay said. “It has a pretty steep hill. It started at about 2.5 miles and finished around 6 miles.”
The first place finisher, Capt. Jonathan Argyle, 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, was also taken aback by the hills on Turkey Run Road, though he made it seem easy with a time of 1:10:44. He considered Turkey Run Road to be the most challenging part of the race.
“Those horrible hills,” Argyle said laughing. “Those hills are big out on Turkey Run and just the end of it, just the mental, you know, the slight gradual uphill at the end.”
His favorite part of the race was seeing his kids and wife around mile nine. They were there the whole time cheering him on. They even insisted on running around the starting area after he had finished, which he gladly obliged.
“They were all excited running next to me and I think that’s always a fun little pick me up with four miles to go and it’s motivating like, ‘Alright, I can get there. I can see you,’” Argyle said.
He believes it is beneficial to participate in running events like the half marathon, because it gives people something to do and gives them an opportunity to challenge themselves.
“It gets you out on a Saturday morning – it gets you doing something at your own level. That’s why I love these things because everybody goes at their own pace. Fastest, slowest, it doesn’t matter,” Argyle said. “You go out there and just compete against yourself and have a good time – especially Soldiers. They can bring their squad or a bigger group out and they can have a competition with each other.”
The first female finisher was Capt. Sarah Mcfarland, 11th Signal Brigade, with a finishing time of 1:34:29. She also found those horrible hills very trying.
“It’s nothing but up (and) down hills and then trying to come out of the big hill on the backside and then catch your pace is difficult,” Mcfarland said.
Her favorite part of the race wasn’t necessarily during the race, but taking refuge under the heat lamps at the starting and finishing point.
She loves to run but believes it is beneficial to participate in the running events on Fort Hood to meet new people and see new things.
“You meet other people from other units. I already met three captains that I just don’t know, but they’re on Fort Hood,” Mcfarland said. “Then you get to see parts of Fort Hood that you don’t necessarily get to see. I know now where the BOSS headquarters is just based off of running a route.”
The next running event will be the Jingle Bell Dash 5K. It will be a fun run and there will also be an ugly sweater contest.
For more information on future events, call 254-285-5459.