786th FSS hosts successful Ramstein Half Marathon

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes Stanton
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 786th Force Support Squadron hosted its 7th Annual Ramstein Half Marathon Aug. 19 on Ramstein.

Approximately 289 Kaiserslautern Military Community members completed the 13.1-mile course.

“It was a perfect day for running,” Alysha Brandy, 786th Force Support Squadron fitness program and events manager said. “Everything went really well and really smooth. The last person that came in [to cross the finish line], was pretty emotional but she said she had the support of all the runners along the way pushing her through and the staff kind of helped her through the finish line. It was a good morale event.”

Brandy said there were no reported injuries and the event flowed very well.

The winner of the Men’s Overall category and the first person to cross the finish line was U.S. Army Private First Class Job Komboi, Bravo Company supply technician, with a time of 1:21:35.

Within a few minutes, Tech. Sgt. Tanya Davis, 21st Operations Weather Squadron shift supervisor, crossed the finish line at 1:32:07, earning first for the Woman’s Overall category.

During the half marathon, approximately 84 volunteers assisted as road guards, with the water stations, set up and tear down.

Runners received a T-shirt, bag and a participation medal upon crossing the finish line.

The run started and ended near the South Side Fitness Center, stretching across Perimeter Road, behind the Base Exchange, the 1st Combat Communications Squadron and back.

The next half marathon is scheduled for August next year.

Maj. Jon Harmon, U.S. Air Forces in Europe surgeon general international health specialist, plays with his son Dallin at the 7th Annual Ramstein Half Marathon Aug. 19 on Ramstein. The marathon is one of the largest events the 786th Force Support Squadron hosts annually.

Personalized beer steins were given to the top three winners in the four aged Men’s and Women’s categories of the 7th Annual Ramstein Half Marathon Aug. 19 on Ramstein. Approximately 289 people participated in the 13.1-mile run.

Jose Espinoza, Kaiserslautern Military Community member, approaches mile seven during the 7th Annual Ramstein Half Marathon Aug. 19 on Ramstein. Approximately 289 people participated in the 13.1 mile run.

A Kaiserslautern Military Community member drinks water while completing the 7th Annual Ramstein Half Marathon Aug. 19 on Ramstein. Participants received a T-shirt, bag and medal upon registering and completing the run.