Get ready for sports day: Mix of athletics, fitness, fun-themed activities await event participants

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  • By Tyler Hemstreet
  • 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
From the fire truck pull to the hockey skill-shot challenge, Spring Fitness and Sports Day here Thursday will offer a wide variety of physical challenges in which Airmen can compete.

Active duty Airmen, Reservists, Air National Guard, Department of Defense civilians and spouses assigned or attached to any squadron, detachment or tenant unit may participate in the 10 events scheduled for the day, said fitness center director Bill Johnson, 62nd Services Squadron.

"The day is strictly for participation, building esprit de corps and having fun," he said.

All of the events are specifically designed to give participants a good mix between sports, fitness and fun-themed events, Mr. Johnson said.

The day will be split into a morning and afternoon session with a barbecue in front of the fitness center at lunchtime.

The Par-three golf challenge, total body challenge, fire truck pull and 4 x 200 and 400 relays will run in the morning, while the combat boot run, hockey skill-shot challenge, punt, pass and kick challenge, nine-pin no tap challenge and the blindfold driving challenge will start after lunch.

New to the competition this year are the hockey skill-shot and total body challenges, said Master Sgt. Robert Snyder, 62nd SVS.

"We wanted to bring in a couple of events to utilize our new equipment," Sergeant Snyder said.

The fire truck pull and the combat boot run are part of the activities to recognize some of the fitness events Airmen participate in while they are at deployed locations, he said.

The events will feature direct scoring where a team shows up, does the event and then gets its score or time, said Sergeant Snyder.

This format gives the units more flexibility when it comes to participating, he said.

"They don't have to wait around to see what to do next, like in bracket-style scoring," he said.

At the end of the day, trophies will be awarded to the large and small squadrons with the most points, Sergeant Snyder said.

Descriptions and rules of all the events can be found on the 62nd SVS Web site at