Teams from across Travis Air Force Base will compete in a grueling, 12-hour battle of physical endurance for a good cause Monday in a battle known as the Viking Challenge. It is the largest annual fundraiser for the Travis Fisher House.
Located on the air base, Travis Fisher House is a home away from home for the families of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members who are treated at David Grant Medical Center.
The event is a 12-hour relay in which teams of 10 people each continuously move (run, jog or walk) around the base's track. One member of each team completes 1 mile before passing a baton to the next team member. In 2009, 27 teams participated and more than $15,000 was raised for the Fisher House. The goal for 2010 is to have at least one team from each squadron on base participate and exceed the $15,000 raised last year. The 2009 event saw one team complete 103 miles, while another raised more than $1,800.
The event is sponsored by the 615th Contingency Response Wing Phoenix Mobility Program, a three-year internship that introduces top junior officers to the Air Force's contingency response mission. With a primary mission to rapidly establish air mobility operations in support of contingency and humanitarian operations, the 615th CRW has approximately 20 percent of its unit deployed worldwide at any given time.
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