More than 10,000 soldiers participated in the Victory Run at Fort Riley Monday morning. The four-mile run marked the beginning of Victory Week activities ranging from sporting events to an Army birthday celebration.
Major General Paul Funk II led the run through the Custer Hill area on post. “I got to run with somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000 of my closest friends this morning, so it’s a great way to start Victory Week.”
Funk noted you’re running down Normandy Drive on Custer Hill, and it’s historic as you remember the troops from the past. “And that’s part of what Victory Week’s about, celebrating those and honoring those that came before us, honoring our fallen comrades, and getting out and having a little fun and building a little teamwork and comradarie.”
Other activities during Victory Week will include a traditional cake cutting ceremony for a birthday celebration…observing the 96th birthday of the 1st Infantry Division,and the 238th for the U.S. Army, the annual Victory Park ceremony honoring Soldiers who have died in combat while assigned or attached to the 1st Infantry Division, and a number of sporting events.