'Ode to Joy'

'Ode to Joy'

March 10, 2011

A Climb to the Top

Yesterday was a fun day. Our commanding officer, Col. Paul D. Montanus, decided to implement the Commander's Cup challenge here at Marine Barracks Washington. Yesterday was the first event of the Cup: rock climbing. We had both novices and experts, whether they knew it or not, competing. It made for an interesting day.

For those of you who do not know what the Commander's Cup is, please let me explain. The Commander's Cup is an 11-event challenge that continues throughout the year. Marines earn points by not only competing, but also by their placement. The top three in the Cup receive jerseys, much like the Tour de France.

Our next challenge will be the Washington D.C. Urban Challenge on April 8th. This will be an Amazing Race type competition in which Marines will have to traverse DC using mass transportation and competing in several roadblock challenges along the way. Fastest time will win. Stay tuned for future updates in the 2011 Commander's Cup.

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