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NEWS | Dec. 17, 2015

Bike ride, ‘Resolution Run’ highlight fitness center’s holiday season

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

The Christmas season is a time when the pursuit of physical fitness goals often takes a back seat to holiday feasts and other family activities, but Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph’s Rambler Fitness Center is again doing its part to promote wellness with two annual events.

Open to all Department of Defense ID cardholders, the Holiday 10-Mile Bike Ride at 8 p.m. Saturday and the Resolution Run 5K at 8 a.m. New Year’s Day will attract cyclists and runners to routes starting at Eberle Park.

“We hold the bike ride to remember our troops who don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the holidays with their families at their homes here on American soil,” said Tommy Brown, Rambler Fitness Center recreation aide.

 Brown said participation at the bike ride has held steady at about 20 cyclists in recent years.

“We’re expecting the same number this time around,” he said. “We have a wide variety of participants, including active-duty members, civilians and even children.”

The bike ride is not a competitive event, Brown said, but fitness center staff members will keep time for participants who like to keep track of their race times.

“At the end of the event, participants are allowed to pick up one of our giveaways, which usually consists of anything from towels with the Rambler logo to T-shirts.”

 Riders will start at Eberle Park and head south on Perimeter Road to the golf course and north past Randolph High School, where a turnaround point will be established for the same route back to the park.

Brown said cyclists like the event because it’s a refreshing departure from rides during the scorching heat of summer.

“Riders who like to ride in cooler weather appreciate the event,” he said. “The route itself is very laid back and easy to enjoy.”

Brown called the Resolution Run 5K a “great way to start the new year.”

“For many people, achieving fitness or spending time at the gym is a new year’s resolution, so this is a way to kick-start the year,” he said. “Runners also use it to train for a longer event, such as a marathon.”

The 5K event attracts mostly runners, Brown said, but walkers are also welcome.

“More than 50 people attended last year’s run, and we’re expecting more this year,” he said. “We’ll be passing out T-shirts to all participants.”

Runners will leave Eberle Park and head north on Perimeter Road to a turnaround point near the East Gate for their return to the park. Water will be available at the halfway mark.

Duane Dunkley, 502nd Force Support Squadron unit training manager, said he will again participate in the Resolution Run 5K.

“I just feel it’s an awesome way to kick off the year,” he said.

A regular visitor to the Rambler Fitness Center, Dunkley said he’s passionate about fitness.

“I just finished the San Antonio Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, and the Resolution Run provides an opportunity for me to stay focused on my goals going into 2016,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Brown said preregistration is not planned for either event. He encouraged participants to arrive early to sign up.

Call 652-7263 for more information.