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Going Downhill

One April, my sister talked me into running an insane 24-hour relay race called the Ragnar. Twelve of us decided to take on this challenge — a 192-mile trek through the scenic Wasatch Mountains, just east of Salt Lake City. With so many in our group, I only had to run three legs of the race. But don’t be fooled into thinking it was a piece of cake. Over the course of two days and one night, participants are awake, cheering each other on, wearing wacky costumes, listening to live bands and partying along the route. Good times.

One Down Corpsman

It was a warm Sunday in Iraq, and I was at a combat outpost in the far west as the officer in charge of a detachment of construction engineers. They were working like bees to upgrade the living conditions at a particularly austere base. We were ahead of schedule on all our projects, so I decided to give the troops a well-deserved half-day off. Time for a barbecue!

  • 7 April 2024
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Disregarding the Controls

On a cold, breezy morning, two friends and I set out to duck hunt in the salt marshes of the North Carolina coast. I never imagined this trip could be my last.

  • 5 November 2023
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Like a Hole in the Head

About 20 years ago, I was a new private assigned to my first unit at Fort Hood, Texas. I was away from home for the first time and didn’t get back much during the holidays. In an effort to get me out of the barracks and away from the usual trouble young Soldiers sometimes get into, my squad leader invited me to go hunting.

  • 22 October 2023
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Ride Within Your Skill Level

Opening day for late moose season in interior Alaska was finally here. All of our equipment had been checked, licenses and tags were in hand and scouting was complete.

  • 8 October 2023
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Avoiding Mountain Biking Miscues

My brother and I grew up biking all over the mountains of Utah and considered ourselves experienced riders. So, when our town celebrated the grand opening of a state-of-the-art mountain bike park, we couldn’t wait to hit the trails.

  • 10 September 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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