The Biggest Loser Run
Posted: March 31, 2014
Biggest Loser Run/Walk
By: Cadet Travis Strahan
Fitness and physical health are crucial parts of being a successful officer, and these aspects of life are important to Austinites and Army ROTC cadets alike. Therefore, University of Texas at Austin Army ROTC teamed up with the Biggest Loser on March 29th and 30th to put on the second Biggest Loser RunWalk in Austin, Texas. The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to encourage Americans to get fit. While involved with the set up cadets did everything from handing out race packets to unloading the trucks and putting up vendor tents. By observing how a private organization prepares for a large event, the cadets were able to see the pros and cons of different organizational techniques. They learned valuable lessons in task organization, personnel, time management, and the importance of a sound plan and communication; all of which they will employ when conducting operations as officers in the U.S. Army.
When the sun rose over the course on Sunday morning it was time to race. The Texas Army Color Guard, led by MS 2 Christopher Roman, presented the colors during the singing of the National Anthem. Cadets in each MS class ran 13.1 miles through the winding course that began at Cedar Park Middle School and winded its way through the suburban neighborhoods of Cedar Park and Leander. Senior Travis Strahan finished in 1:38:31, good enough for 13th place overall and 1st place in the 20-24 age division. MS 2 Michael Gonzales wowed the entire crowd by completing the course in less than two hours while wearing a 40 pound rucksack. Overall, eight cadets completed the half-marathon. Even cadre got involved, LTC Travis Habhab, the units Professor of Military Science, ran the 5K with his daughter. Participation in the Biggest Loser Run/Walk was a rewarding experience for everyone who took part. It was both an opportunity to get involved in the community and conquer a physical challenge, both of which are points of pride in Texas Army ROTC.