FSS to host Spring Commander’s Cup Challenge

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, MASS. – The 66th Force Support Squadron will host a Spring Commander’s Cup Challenge May 17 to May 25 for all Air Force and sister service units located here.

Organizers have planned several events to challenge participants’ mental and physical capabilities. Each event offers points to individuals or teams for first, second, and third place finishes.

“Participating in the Commander’s Cup Challenge is not just about winning or losing, it’s about the camaraderie and teamwork that comes from competing alongside others at Hanscom Air Force Base,” said David Kelley, Commander’s Cup Challenge organizer. 

The first event, scheduled May 17, is a 5K run that will take place behind the Fitness and Sports Center. The unit with the most participants will be awarded five points, while the second and third place units will receive three and one point respectively. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., race begins at 2 p.m.

A basketball shooting challenge will take place May 22 at the Fitness Center. Using a new basketball machine, participants will shoot from various locations within the three-point line. The unit with the highest percentage of shots made will win.

The “Dead Hang” event will take place May 22 at 9 a.m. in the Warrior Room. Two males and two females from each unit will hang on straight bars, and the last ones hanging will determine first, second, and third place in the male and female categories.

A rock wall climb for speed will take place in the Fitness and Sports Center lobby May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A representative from each unit will climb up the wall and ring the bell at the top. The fastest time in the male and female categories will win.

On May 23 at 9 a.m., several fitness-related activities will take place at the outdoor track. Events include a 1.5-mile relay for time, sit-ups and push-ups, farmers carry, a 100-yard sled drag and a sandbag event. Each competition will include three males and three females.

A nine-hole scramble will take place May 24 at the Patriot Golf Course in Bedford, Massachusetts. Officials from the Patriot Golf Course will assign tee times.

An egg toss and tug-of-war competition will take place May 25 beginning at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively. The egg toss will take place at Field 4 outfield and personnel will be divided into two-person teams. The tug-of-war will be held behind Field 4's right field fence. Each team will consist of three members, and the game will be a best-of-three series.

A bowling event will take place at Hanscom Lanes May 25 at 11 a.m. Four-person teams will participate in the standard 10 frame format without bumpers or handicap rules. The team with the most pins will win. Officials from the bowling center will book lanes, so contact them directly to sign up.

Officials will host a closing ceremony May 25 at the Field 4 outfield scoreboard. Lt. Col. Joshua Shimko, 66th Air Base Group deputy commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Alan Weary, installation command chief, will present awards to the top teams.

For further information, contact Kelley at 781-225-6631.