CO's Triathlon Challenge makes waves on course

23 May 2013 | Lance Cpl. Joshua W. Grant

Headquarters and Support Battalion aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is known for their creative monthly commander’s cup challenges, and for the second consecutive cup win, Company A finished the course first with a collective time of 9 hours 16 minutes and 46 seconds. The course consisted of three laps of the Area 2 pool, a three-mile run to Gottschalk Marina finishing with a two mile kayak.

For each company 10 volunteers per team competed. Alongside the teams, individuals from each company ran for their own time bringing the total number of competitors to 51.

Following Company A, second place was Company B with a collective time of 9 hours 46 minutes and 55 seconds. Rounding out 3rd and 4th place was Security Company with a collective time of 9 hours 59 minutes and 10 seconds and Company I with a time of 10 hours 18 minutes and 39 seconds.

In the individual times, Cpl. Kyle Tate from Company A, edged out second place by three seconds with a time of 46 minutes and 10 seconds. Second place went to Sgt. Thomas Kunish from Company B with a time of 46 minutes 13 seconds and 3rd place was awarded to Capt. Johnathan Rudy with a time of 47 minutes and 54 seconds.

“These events are great to build unit cohesion,” said Cpl. Kyle Tate, a Marine from Company A. “It’s something great to do on a Friday, it gets you out of your normal work day and allows for something different.”

Challenging Marines is part of Headquarters Support Battalion’s monthly commander’s cup and for the second consecutive time, Company A claims the coveted cup.