Fort Benning Sports
MWR's Sports Department hosts a number of events and activities that are open to all eligible MWR patrons - Soldiers, civilians, family members, contractors and DoD civilians. Others are reserved for active duty Soldiers only.
Events and Registrations
The Fort Benning Race SeriesThe Fort Benning Sports Fitness and Aquatics program is partnered with TriColumbusGA to create The Fort Benning Race Series. These competitions are open to the public, and most of them include prizes awarded to top finishers in each division. They also include free t-shirts to the first 100 to register. Register for any of these events at Smith Fitness Center or active.com. For more information, call 706-505-7759 or 706-527-2275.
Chesty Puller Half Marathon Trail Run
This race is not for the faint hearted; the trail is routed deep into the woods near Kelley Hill. This competition includes three divisions: male, female and military teams of three or four. The cost is $40 in advance for the 13.1 mile race, and $50 the day of the event. The first 100 to register also receive a commemorative coin. The cost of the 5K Chesty Puller Fun Run, held in conjunction with the half marathon, is $10 in advance and $15 on site. The 2014 Chesty Puller Half Marathon Trail Run is scheduled for March 15. Register here: Chesty Puller 13.1 Trail Run and 5k Fun Run Paper registration form can be downloaded here.
Chattahoochee Challenge Half Triathlon
starts at 7:30am April 26. It is wetsuit legal. This 1.2 mile course is 1400 meters down and 500 meters back on the Chattahoochee. The 56 mile bike course is a fast ride, with rolling hills through Fort Benning. The run will take you through historic Columbus, with aid stations at every mile mark. At the finish, you'll find yourself smack-dab in the middle of the annual Bash On the Banks Music Festival. You'll enjoy family friendly activities throughout Uptown Columbus and along the race route. Register at www.tricolumbusga.com or www.active.com. For more information, call 706-566-2680.
Reverse Sprint Triathlon
This race is held each spring. This event includes a 5k run, 20k bike ride and a 550 meter swim. The race starts at 8am at Carey Pool on Main Post. The fee is $45 for individuals or $75 per team. Onsite registration increases by $10. The 2014 Reverse Sprint Triathlon is scheduled for May 17. Register here: 2014 Reverse Sprint Triathlon
Chattahoochee Challenge Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon
This is the perfect race for beginners. This 500 meter event starts at 7am July 19 in Uptown Columbus with a time trial start (one athlete at a time) down river in depths no greater than six feet. Duathletes start with a one-mile run. The 12- mile bike route is flat and travels through historic Columbus. There are plenty of places along the route for family and friends to cheer, and you'll find family friendly activities throughout Uptown Columbus, bouncy castles and an open market. Practice swims are scheduled for July 5 and July 12 at 9am. Register at www.tricolumbusga.com or www.active.com. For more information, call 706-566-2680.
Chattahoochee Challenge Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon
This is a great race to gauge your fitness level or transition from a sprint and half distance race. The swim is a two loop, 500 meter, down river swim in depths no greater than six feet. Duathletes start with a two-mile run. The bike route is smooth and flat, and the run route will take you along the scenic Phenix City Riverwalk and into historic Columbus. The Chattahoochee Challenge Olympic Triathlon starts at 7am August 9. Practice swims are scheduled for 9am July 26 and August 2. Register at www.tricolumbusga.com or www.active.com. For more information, call 706-566-2680.
Oktoberfest 10K Cross Country Challenge
This race is the highlight of the annual Oktoberfest Celebration held at Fort Benning's Uchee Creek. This event is held in conjunction with a stroller-friendly 5K Volksmarch. The 10K dirt and clay route winds deep into the woods around Uchee Creek. Watch your step and for wildlife, please! The cost of early registration is $25, $35 on site. The 2014 Oktoberfest 10K Cross Country challenge is scheduled for October 25.
Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race
, which starts at 9am November 22 in Uptown Columbus. This four-hour course includes biking, trekking, paddling, navigation and mystery events. The entry fee is $50 for individuals, $65 for teams of two and $80 for three. A kids' adventure race consisting of only running/trekking will take place at 8am. Register at www.tricolumbusga.com or www.active.com. For more information, call 706-566-2680.
Completed: Adventure Race
This is a five-hour course, starting at Uchee Creek, that includes mountain biking, trekking, paddling, navigation and mystery events. The entry fee is $40 for individuals, $60 for teams of two and $75 for three. The 2014 Adventure Race is scheduled for February 15. Register here: 2014 Adventure Race
See theFort Benning Reverse Sprint Triathlon Run Course here.