HomeNewsArticle Display

Buckley lends hand to extreme runners

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Senior Airman Jaret McGowan, right, 460th Medical Group, spreads sand over the fire to help keep it down during Warrior Dash Aug. 18, 2012. The fire jump was one of 12 obstacles runners were faced with. Approximately 140 Team Buckley members volunteered during the event, which supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Gross)

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Senior Airman Jaret McGowan, right, 460th Medical Group, spreads sand over the fire to help keep it down during Warrior Dash Aug. 18, 2012. The fire jump was one of 12 obstacles runners were faced with. Approximately 140 Team Buckley members volunteered during the event, which supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Gross)

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Team Buckley volunteers pull packets for runners as they check into Warrior Dash Aug. 18, 2012. The extreme 5K race consisted of 12 obstacles and event proceeds went toward supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Gross)

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Team Buckley volunteers pull packets for runners as they check into Warrior Dash Aug. 18, 2012. The extreme 5K race consisted of 12 obstacles and event proceeds went toward supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Gross)

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Public Affairs, looks for a participant’s packet as they check in for Warrior Dash Aug. 18, 2012. About 140 Team Buckley members made the approximate 180-mile round trip to volunteer for the extreme 5K race. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Gross)

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Public Affairs, looks for a participant’s packet as they check in for Warrior Dash Aug. 18, 2012. About 140 Team Buckley members made the approximate 180-mile round trip to volunteer for the extreme 5K race. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Gross)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- About 140 Team Buckley members made the approximately 180-mile round trip to the Copper Mountain from the Buckley area Aug. 18 and 19 to lend the Warrior Dash staff a helping hand as they held another extreme 5K races.

Volunteers worked the check-in tents where they handed runners their packets and gear, water stations, refueled the fire and ensured the runner's safety, along with several other jobs.

A majority of the proceeds from Warrior Dash went toward supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude is a center for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other terminal childhood diseases.

Thousands of participants is the reason why the 12 obstacle race required as much help as possible. Runners jumped over fire, crawled through mud, climbed cargo nets along with many other obstacles.

A strong volunteer staff ensured Warrior Dash ran efficiently and it allowed for those proceeds to be donated since they didn't have to hand paychecks out to a large staff.
The Warrior Dash staff seemed very thankful for the strong support they received.

"We love having them here," said Cassie Bernard, Warrior Dash staff worker, about the volunteers. "They make our jobs a lot easier. They help smooth everything out and they're great with the participants. Everyone is happy to be here."

Warriors, young and old, participated in the event, creating a family oriented environment.
"We're all about the family aspect," said Bernard. "So, we want anyone and everyone who wants to run the race."

The race also benefited Buckley's Dining Out. The dining out is scheduled for Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Leadership Development Center.

The staff offered monetary group donations as an incentive for volunteers.

"Money went toward fundraising for the dining out, which is taking place of this year's Air Force Ball," said Senior Airman Elisa Labbe, Buckley Dining Out committee member.

Labbe said the nearly $3,000 raised during the weekend will pay for engraved scotch glasses, centerpieces and a disc jockey.

Leaving money for next year's fund is also a dining out committee goal.

"We don't want the next group to start with nothing," said Labbe. "We want them to have a little bit of money left over so they have a starting point."

The current committee started with nothing in the bank, and Labbe said it was difficult to get the funds rolling, but this volunteer opportunity helped a lot.

Aside from raising money for the dining out, Labbe said she hoped everyone who participated was able to enjoy the day and hope they were glad they had the chance to give back to a community that gives so much to Team Buckley.

"It was a great opportunity to go out and see Colorado and have fun. You're not really thinking about the fact you're volunteering because it was so fun," said Labbe. "I hope all the people that came out to volunteer for Warrior Dash attend the dining out to see what they contribute to."
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.