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NEWS | Aug. 15, 2017

Early registration deadline approaching for Rambler 120 adventure race

By Robert Goetz 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Early bird registration continues through Sept. 15 for the 11th edition of the Joint Base San Antonio Rambler 120, a fitness challenge that tests individuals and teams with a 6-mile run, 22-mile bike race and 2-mile raft race.

            The 502nd Force Support Squadron-hosted annual event is set for 7:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at scenic JBSA Recreation Park at Canyon Lake.

            This year’s event features a few changes, said Ashley Lopez, 502nd FSS community program and partnership specialist.

            “The run route will be different this year,” she said. “Due to construction at the dam, competitors won’t be able to run across the dam. The run will start, as usual, on the sunny side of the pavilion, but the middle section of the run will be different.”

            Another change is that individuals who enter the event will be eligible for medals, Lopez said. In the past, only teams were presented medals for first-, second- and third-place finishes.

            The adventure race includes four-person Xtreme teams with at least one Department of Defense cardholder and five- to eight-person relay teams with at least two DOD cardholders as well as all-active-duty Xtreme and relay teams. Xtreme and relay teams compete in all-male, all-female and coed categories.

            Last year’s Rambler 120 featured 69 teams and 18 individuals, with more than 200 competitors in all.

            Early bird registration fees are $100 for Xtreme teams and $150 for relay teams; regular registration fees after Sept. 15 are $120 for Xtreme teams and $180 for relay teams. Individuals pay a $25 fee. Fees cover a barbecue lunch, a commemorative T-shirt and awards for the top teams in each category.

            Camaraderie among all the participants defines the event, Lopez said.

            “To run 6 miles, bike 22 miles and raft 2 miles takes a lot of strategizing and team effort,” she said. “Everyone gets together in the spirt of unity and team-building. It’s competitive, but everybody is there at the end, cheering and clapping for the last person who finishes.”

            The Rambler 120 is a collaborative effort of the 502nd FSS, the 359th Medical Group and entities such as JBSA community, fitness, outdoor recreation, aquatics and safety programs.

            Volunteers play a major role at the event, said Cofie Asare, 502nd FSS community program and partnership specialist.

            “It’s a true team effort from top to bottom,” he said.

            For more information, call JBSA Community Programs at 652-5763.