Fort Bliss, TX (KTSM) — Fort Bliss Soldiers and community members competed in a 10-mile race on post to earn a potential spot on the Fort Bliss Army Ten-Miler Team, May 10.
Top participants from the qualifying race will represent the Fort Bliss team in the 29th annual Army Ten-Miler scheduled for Oct. 20, in Washington, D.C.
“It was an honor to be able to participate in that type of race,” said Sgt. Ian Mukisa, a combat medic assigned to Battery D, 2nd Regiment, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
Mukisa, originally from Uganda, the now Brooklyn, N.Y., native wanted to try his hand at competitive racing and race against fellow Fort Bliss service members and civilians during the 10-mile qualifying race.
“Even though I didn’t win, I pushed myself,” said Mukisa. “Ever since I got to Fort Bliss I’ve strived to be in very good physical shape.”
Coming in eighth place overall, Mukisa believes he will do better in future installation races.
“I know other races and competitions happen on post all the time; so I’ll train and work harder and I know I’ll do better next time,” said Mukisa.
Maj. Joseph Buccino, the public affairs officer for the 1st Armored Division, started the race relatively strong and ended on the same note, being the first person to cross the finish line.
“I didn’t think I was going to win,” said Buccino. “I’ve come in second and third before; but I can’t find the words to describe exactly how I feel. I’m just elated, because I’ve trained so hard for this.”
Having competed in last years annual race, Buccino looks forward to coming out on top and leading Team Bliss to victory in the larger competition later this year.
“We’ve trained hard, really hard just to get here,” said Buccino. “I’m excited that I was able to win this, and next up I plan on representing Fort Bliss and the rest of (my) career field in the Army Ten-Miler.”
The participants who placed in the top five positions of the male and female categories will continue to train hard in preparation for the annual race in Washington.