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Fitness center encourages Team V to “run across America”

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Walk/Bike/Run Across America is an incentive program through the 30th Force Support Squadron fitness center that encourages Team V members to meet fitness goals by accumulating miles locally to reach a 3,640 mile goal. Prizes are offered at checkpoints throughout the program.  (Courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Walk/Bike/Run Across America is an incentive program through the 30th Force Support Squadron fitness center that encourages Team V members to meet fitness goals by accumulating miles locally to reach a 3,640 mile goal. Prizes are offered at checkpoints throughout the program. (Courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Fitness staff of the 30th Force Support Squadron fitness center are encouraging Team V members to walk, bike or run across America with a program that began Feb. 1.

"Walk/Bike/Run Across America" is an incentive program intended to help Vandenberg members meet their fitness goals by challenging them to walk, bike or run 3,640 miles.

"The fitness center will provide Vandenberg members with a sheet to track their progress," said Morten Zederkof, 30th FSS fitness center programs and events coordinator. "The member's then tracks their progress from Vandenberg to the National Mall in Washington, D.C."

As participants add up miles through daily workouts or simply wearing a pedometer, their miles will virtually take them through several national parks and national landmarks, some of which will earn them motivational prizes.

"Some of the promotional prizes we currently have are a sweat towel, sling bags and water bottles," said Zederkof. "Prizes will depend on when the member reaches his or her milestone since some will take years to do this."

Added incentives and goals could motivate Team V members to go the extra mile.

"I would suggest this because some people need that extra motivation," said Senior Airman Kellie Schaefer, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management and analysis, and program participant. "If they have a goal set in mind then it will motivate them to finish the miles by their certain goal time frame."

The standard time frame to finish the cross-country trek is about two years.

"So far for the program I have completed about 14 to 15 miles," said Schaefer. "My goal is to finish within two years."

To complete the program within two years a participant must complete 35 miles per week.

"This is an ongoing program and anyone can sign up at the Fitness Center at anytime to start tracking their miles," said Zederkof.