• MTC hosts health, wellness fair, 5K run

  • At the age of 59, Don Madill, a Vietnam veteran and former Department of the Army civilian, suffered a heart attack, which became a turning point in his health and fitness regime.

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      Mission Training Complex - Leavenworth Warfighter Health and Wellness Day 5K Run/Walk results


       


      Men:


      1. Jabari Jackson, 19:47


      2. Kurt Rorvik, 19:52...

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      Mission Training Complex - Leavenworth Warfighter Health and Wellness Day 5K Run/Walk results

      Mission Training Complex - Leavenworth Warfighter Health and Wellness Day 5K Run/Walk results



       



      Men:



      1. Jabari Jackson, 19:47



      2. Kurt Rorvik, 19:52



      3. Jesus Torres, 22:48



       



      Women:



      1. Alexandria Darden, 26:51



      2. Rae Marquart, 27:28



      3. Takako Bond, 27:37



       

  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    At the age of 59, Don Madill, a Vietnam veteran and former Department of the Army civilian, suffered a heart attack, which became a turning point in his health and fitness regime.
    “Before that I was not a runner, so the next year when I was 60 years old, I started running and I’ve done a lot of races since then,” Madill said.
    Madill ran his first half-marathon when he was 67 years old. Now 75, he has run 14 half-marathons and wasn’t slowing down as he participated in the Mission Training Complex-Leavenworth Warfighter Health and Wellness Day 5K Run/Fun Walk May 18.
    Madill crossed the finish line in 38 minutes and 45 seconds.
    “This is a short race for me, and I’m still slow,” Madill said, “but it is just another chance to get out there and get some exercise.”
    Madill was one of dozens who ran in the race and participated in the festivities throughout the day.
    “The purpose of the event is to build teamwork and camaraderie in the Fort Leavenworth community for soldiers, civilians and family members around a common theme of health and fitness,” said Lt. Col. Kurt Rorvik, MTC-Leavenworth commander. “Our goal is to place a positive emphasis on health and wellness. This event will be an opportunity for soldiers, civilians and families to participate together in a free and positive event, demonstrating that health and fitness can be fun for the whole family. In today’s fast paced society, it is easy for us to lose sight of the importance of making time and emphasizing health and wellness for ourselves and our family members.
    “(The event) also helps people to gain a better understanding of the MTC-Leavenworth facility and the Army National Guard and our important partnership with Fort Leavenworth,” he said. “The race course takes place entirely within the perimeter of the MTC, enabling participants to see firsthand the size and scope of our 55-acre, 24-building training facility.”
    Following the race, the top three male and female finishers were awarded medals.
    Sgt. 1st Class Jesus Torres, Virginia National Guard Bureau senior supply noncommissioned officer, came in third place in the men’s category with a time of 22:48.
    “(MTC) is like my second home,” Torres said. “This is the link between us soldiers and the community and an opportunity to show the community what we do.
    “It is not just all military stuff,” he said. “We’re here for (the community) and we need their support.”
    Along with the 5K run/walk, the event also included inflatable play areas for children, a dunk tank, a rock-climbing wall and an appearance from Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The Chiefs Cheerleaders being here was an opportunity to attract more attention here and the Chiefs actually have a great community outreach program as well,” said Capt. William Garner, MTC S-1. “It was pretty easy to reach out to them and be able to highlight the fact that they’ve got a good community outreach program as well.”
    Community outreach was made apparent with the blood drive led by the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City, which received 13 blood donations.
    “The blood drive allows us to give back to the community and the soldiers,” said Master Sgt. Bryan White, MTC operations noncommissioned officer-in-charge. “It is all about the willingness to give back.
    “It’s Saturday!” he said of his excitement about the event. “What better thing to do than to exercise and get out here and give back and be amongst my friends, the community and my co-workers.”
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