|Scenes from the Army Ten-Miler (from l): Lcdr. Evan Shukan (l) and Capt. Shelley Hoogstraten-Miller, both members of the Commissioned Corps at NIH, are energized after another successful ATM; runners from the PHS teams after completing the race; and Capt. Jason Woo (FDA) runs with a PHS flag for a portion of the 10-miler.
Did you know that the Army Ten-Miler (ATM) is one of the largest 10-mile races in the world? Two Commissioned Corps officers at NIH are committed to ensuring a Public Health Service presence in this annual event, which completed its 29th year on Oct. 20. Capt. Shelley Hoogstraten-Miller (NHGRI) and Lcdr. Evan Shukan (NINDS) have organized PHS teams for the ATM for the past 4 years, with an increasing turnout each year.
Nearly 100 PHS officers ran the ATM this year. Some traveled from as far as Alaska to participate in the race, which had an overall registration of 35,000 runners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several countries. The mission of the ATM is to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals and enhance community relations by providing a venue for various uniformed services to compete. Runners not only represent the seven uniformed services of the United States, but also include large contingents from the Canadian and Swiss armies.
A highlight of the event is the support and participation of flag officers in the corps. Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak; Radm.Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response; and Radm. Newton Kendig, assistant director, health services division for the Bureau of Prisons, ran in the race. Seven flags were carried by PHS runners for the entire 10-mile course: Lushniak was accompanied by officers carrying a U.S. flag, PHS flag and two-star flag. Other officers took turns carrying the four additional PHS flags.
In addition to the runners, a host of PHS officers, family and friends also volunteer to support the team and cheer participants along the way each year. The course begins at the Pentagon and runs through the monuments and sights of Washington, D.C.
Hard work rarely goes unnoticed and two significant accomplishments were earned. The PHS men’s masters team, which includes Shukan, won second place overall and included runners from several agencies across the government. Hoogstraten-Miller and Shukan were also presented with the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal for their efforts in promoting fitness for the corps and for organizing the PHS ATM teams for the past 4 years.