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News | May 17, 2024

Kansas City Recruiting Battalion participates in St. Louis Marathon Relay

By Richard Beckett Kansas City Recruiting Battalion

Led by Lt. Col. Crystal Jones, Commander of the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion, a group comprising battalion Soldiers, Future Soldiers, and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps members joined the Greater St. Louis Marathon Relay on April 27. Their aim was to embody the Army's core values of resilience and community involvement, displaying a strong sense of purpose and enthusiasm throughout the event.

The relay was part of a series of weekend races winding through iconic landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods in St. Louis. Master Sgt. Daniel Bowles, a Recruiter from Joplin Company, seized the opportunity, saying, "I saw an email from Lt. Col. Jones, and I thought, 'why not? I love new experiences.' I knew committing to this would motivate me to get back into running. I used to run track and cross country, and I miss it."

For Bowles, the marathon relay not only reignited his passion for running but also facilitated personal growth. "It was a rewarding experience," Bowles shared. "I haven't challenged myself like that in a long time. And that sprint at the end was exhilarating. It's been a while since I've felt that rush."

Reflecting on his journey, Bowles expressed his eagerness to tackle the challenge again. "I would definitely do it again, but I'd commit to training harder," he affirmed. His advice to others contemplating similar endeavors was one of encouragement: "Don't shy away from new experiences, even if you feel unprepared. Prepare as best as you can and give it your all."

Enhancing the marathon's vibrant atmosphere, the 399th Army Rock Band from Fort Leonard Wood performed at the Veterans Memorial during the event. Their presence served as a poignant reminder of the Army's steadfast commitment to honoring and supporting veterans.

The battalion's participation underscored their dedication to promoting fitness and personal development. Jones emphasized the significance of such events in connecting with diverse communities and inspiring individuals to pursue excellence.

As the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion continues its mission of recruiting and nurturing future Army leaders, their involvement in events like the Greater St. Louis Marathon reaffirms their unwavering commitment to excellence and service to the nation.

Kansas City Recruiting Battalion is tasked with recruiting efforts throughout Missouri, east-central Kansas, and southern Illinois, the battalion ensures the Army maintains a resilient and capable force. Committed to fostering leadership and community engagement, they actively participate in various events and initiatives promoting fitness, teamwork, and patriotism.



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