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Members of the We'll See You at the Finish Line team, composed of American and Danish Task Force Med Eagle troops, strain to flip a large tire in the last event of the survivor games at Eagle Base in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Members of the We'll See You at the Finish Line team, composed of American and Danish Task Force Med Eagle troops, strain to flip a large tire in the last event of the survivor games at Eagle Base in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Ivana Avramovic / S&S)

Members of the We'll See You at the Finish Line team, composed of American and Danish Task Force Med Eagle troops, strain to flip a large tire in the last event of the survivor games at Eagle Base in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Members of the We'll See You at the Finish Line team, composed of American and Danish Task Force Med Eagle troops, strain to flip a large tire in the last event of the survivor games at Eagle Base in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Ivana Avramovic / S&S)

Members of the P-Nasty Warriors team from Company A, 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment hustle to move all the sandbags from one pallet to another and back again during one of five timed events.

Members of the P-Nasty Warriors team from Company A, 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment hustle to move all the sandbags from one pallet to another and back again during one of five timed events. (Ivana Avramovic / S&S)

Members of the Red Legs team from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Infantry Division-Joint Military Affairs pull a 5-ton Humvee during one of five timed events at the survivor games.

Members of the Red Legs team from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Infantry Division-Joint Military Affairs pull a 5-ton Humvee during one of five timed events at the survivor games. (Ivana Avramovic / S&S)

Members of the Law Dawgs team from 35th Military Police Company move all the sandbags from one pallet onto another, and then back, as quickly as they can.

Members of the Law Dawgs team from 35th Military Police Company move all the sandbags from one pallet onto another, and then back, as quickly as they can. (Ivana Avramovic / S&S)

EAGLE BASE, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Nine Stabilization Force teams put their strength and endurance to the test Sunday in the survivor games under the motto “Only the Strong Will Survive.”

Six American teams were joined by one of Russians, one of Danes and a mixed American-Danish squad in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation-organized event. Each six-member team competed in five timed events.

The day began with a five-mile march with each participant carrying 60 pounds. After a short break, the teams had to carry a log around a barrier and back, pull a Humvee 35 meters and then transfer sandbags from one pallet to another. The final event required the teams to flip a large tire over a set distance.

LaVon Washburn of MWR said the survivor games were inspired by the strong-man competitions he has seen in many European towns.

“We wanted to put together a similar event that would combine strengths and abilities military men have,” Washburn said. “It had to be hard, but not too hard.”

Washburn said many other teams have promised to attend a similar event planned for May 18.

The Russian team placed first, the all-American Task Force Med Eagle team was second, and the Vikings of the Danish Contingent came in third. Winners received medals and all participants took MWR shirts home.


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