Alpha Warriors battle the Rig

  • Published
  • By Kevin Gaddie
  • Team Eglin Public Affairs

The 2019 Alpha Warrior competition was held here June 14 near the East Gate track.

Seven athletes took on the Alpha Warrior battle rig in timed competition.  The apparatus offers an opportunity to enhance functional fitness and to achieve a greater level of resiliency at home and while deployed.

The workout tested the participants through several physically challenging obstacles.  Improper execution at any obstacle led to disqualification.  The athletes prepared for the event by practicing on the rig and through individual fitness training.

The male competitors had to complete the rig in four minutes and four minutes 30 seconds for females.

Jason Hurst started and finished first in two minutes 44 seconds. 

“This was very challenging,” Hurst said.  “Throwing the medicine ball was the most difficult.  It was rewarding to finish in the time I did.”

Tiffany Hatcher, the only female competitor, crossed the finish line at three minutes 29 seconds.

“Going up and down the hand stairs was difficult for me because they’re near the end of the competition,” she said.  “I’m a rock climber, so this isn’t what I normally train for.  This year, I trained harder at rock climbing and on my own to get ready.  I was surprised at my finishing time.” 

The top three athletes in both categories move on to regional competition at Hurlburt Field June 21.  From there, the top finishers will move on to the finals at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas in July.  

The annual competition is open to all DoD personnel and family members.  For more information, call 882-6223.