Vanguard Troops triumph at Turtle Crawl Triathlon


By: Spc. Sarah Bailey, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. " Ten Vanguard Brigade Soldiers joined more than 250 athletes, May 19, to take part in Jekyll Island's annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon.
The sprint triathlon consisted of a 400-meter ocean swim, a 14-mile bike ride and culminated with a 5-kilometer run.
"The race was pretty intense," said 1st Lt. David Shedd, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, "but we all did really well and we definitely enjoyed ourselves."
Shedd, a current operations officer, finished first in the 25 through 28-year-old age bracket, and finished 16th overall.
He said the team, better known as the 703rd BSB Multisport Club, prepared for the event by incorporating challenging fitness exercises into their daily Army physical training routine.
Other members of the Multisport Club"Lt. Col. Nathan Swartz, 703rd BSB commander; Lt. Col. Eddie Gillon; Chief Warrant Officer (4) Bruce Tingler; 1st Lt. Scott Curtis; Sgt. Luis Mata; Spc. Sarah Bailey; 1st Lt. Megan Riley and Chief Warrant Officer (3) Jason Wilson, 4-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion; and 4th IBCT Commander Col. Kimo Gallahue helped the crew walk away with 8 medals, three of which were first place.
The team plans to tackle the Tybee Island Sprint Triathlon next, slated for June 10.

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