Today is the running of the Bolder Boulder 10k race, a very big deal here. Unfortunately, my knees told me not to run long distances a few years ago, so I no longer participate. But, I did head out for a bike ride this morning, while many of the 40k+ runners are heading to the start.
As I stopped for a red light near my house, a soldier was walking along, dressed in full combat kit....helmet, boots, back pack, even putting on protective elbow pads as I came up next to him. I asked if there was some kind of battle going on in town I was not aware of. He replied that he and his unit were doing the BB in full gear.
Now I have run this race before, in shorts and good running shoes, and a 10k race is a pretty good work out. I can't imagine doing it with an extra 50 pounds of stuff on, long pants, and army boots. Exactly how tough are these guys anyway? Sure glad they are on our side!