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Columbus AFB hosts second triathlon

Second Lt. Brooke Cecil, 14th Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Flight Commander, begins her 300-meter swim during the base triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. After the 300-meter swim participants in the triathlon then biked 22 kilometers and ran a 5K. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Second Lt. Brooke Cecil, 14th Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Flight Commander, begins her 300-meter swim during the base triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. After the 300-meter swim participants in the triathlon then biked 22 kilometers and ran a 5K. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Second Lts. Dennis Cook and Forrest Schaffer, 14th Student Squadron student pilots, finish the triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Some student pilots competed in pairs or groups, using the Saturday event to socialize and exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Second Lts. Dennis Cook and Forrest Schaffer, 14th Student Squadron student pilots, finish the triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Some student pilots competed in pairs or groups, using the Saturday event to socialize and exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Second Lt. Brooke Cecil, 14th Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Flight Commander, bikes during the base triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. This is one of the few events where BLAZE members will be able to bike down the entire center runway, and shows members who aren’t pilots what the flightline looks like. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Second Lt. Brooke Cecil, 14th Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Flight Commander, bikes during the base triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. This is one of the few events where BLAZE members will be able to bike down the entire center runway, and shows members who aren’t pilots what the flightline looks like. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Maj. Douglas Hickey, 14th Force Support Squadron Commander, speaks to the participants at the triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The triathlon had 87 participants who all completed the event in various age groups. The event was also supported by the Red Cross and GNC who provided water and food after the race. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Maj. Douglas Hickey, 14th Force Support Squadron Commander, speaks to the participants at the triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The triathlon had 87 participants who all completed the event in various age groups. The event was also supported by the Red Cross and GNC who provided water and food after the race. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Participants prepare for a triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The 14th Force Support Squadron hosted the event to promote fitness for Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Participants prepare for a triathlon Sept. 23, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The 14th Force Support Squadron hosted the event to promote fitness for Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The 14th Force Support Squadron organized a base-wide triathlon Sept. 23 on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.

The race started with a 300-meter swim in the pool and from there, participants transitioned to the bike ride portion. They biked 22 kilometers to the center runway and back to the pool, where they began running the last leg, a 5K.

“Doing these events are for the community and also to promote fitness,” said Maj. Douglas Hickey, 14th FSS Commander.

Columbus AFB tries to hold a run or event for base members every month to help keep community members involved and active. This was the second triathlon the 14th FSS hosted this year.

“We talk about the pillars in the Air Force, physical is one of them, if they can get out here with friends and family that’s even better,” Hickey said.

Providing these outlets allows newer base members to meet their neighbors, and helps welcome the new student pilots every month into the BLAZE team.

“It’s good to get out with your friends and a good way, especially on casual status, to get out and stay active and keep ready for your physical testing in Initial Flight Training,” said 2nd Lt. Träger Kviten, 14th Student Squadron student pilot.

The 14th FSS looks forward to hosting other events like this in the future said Hickey.

Upcoming base events include: The Illusionist (magic show) on 13 October at the Kaye Auditorium and Fiesta at the Club on 20 October.