SFOR teams put their endurance to the test
April 30, 2003
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.