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Soldiers playing volleyball downrange. ()

BAGHDAD — About 60 soldiers took part in the 1st Cavalry Division Equal Opportunity Office Sports Day at Baghdad International Airport on Saturday.

The event was to include volleyball and tug-of-war tournaments, but the tug-of-war event was cancelled.

Saturday evening, troops were treated to a Harley-Davidson bikers’ rally, which was expected to draw up to 300 people. The event offered giveaways from stateside motorcycle companies.

The day’s events wrapped up with a talent show.

The volleyball tournament “was a very good chance for soldiers to have some positive morale time,” said Sgt. 1st Class Leah Ruzynski, 477th Medical Company. “It took a little of the tension away.”

For others, it was an escape from the day-to-day routine.

“I play volleyball a lot in my normal life,” said Spc. Justin Krage, also from the 477th Medical Company. “This brought me back home a little. It was a release to take me away from Iraq for a while.”

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