Fort Benning Best Ranger contest starts today

lgordon@ledger-enquirer.comMay 7, 2010 

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    Friday, May 7

    6:30 a.m.-8 a.m.: Buddy Run, Camp Rogers/Victory Pond

    7 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Urban obstacle course, CACTF

    7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Orienteering 1, Red Diamond Road

    8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Stress shoot, Malone 3

    9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Machine gun range, Malone 5

    10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: Moving target range, Malone 15

    11:15 a.m.-7 p.m.: Buddy run 2, Malone 15-Lee Field

    11:45 a.m.-8 p.m.: Spot jump, Fryar Drop Zone

    1 p.m.-8 p.m.: Orienteering 2, Fryar Drop Zone/Uchee Creek

    9 p.m.-TBD: Foot march, Start at Fryar Drop Zone

    Saturday, May 8

    12:01 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: Foot march, finish at Todd Field

    3:30 a.m.-7 a.m.: Night stakes, Todd Field

    8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Day stakes, Todd Field

    8 p.m. - TBD: Night orienteering, Bush Hill/Camp Darby

    Sunday, May 9

    12:01 a.m.-8 a.m.: Night orienteering, finish at Camp Darby

    8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Darby Queen, Camp Darby

    9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Helocast, Victory Pond

    9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Water confidence, Victory Pond

    10:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.: Canoe Race, Chattahoochee River

    5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Buddy run, finish Freedom Hall

    5 p.m.-TBD: Super supper, Freedom Hall

    Monday, May 10

    10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Award ceremony, Freedom Hall


    I-185/Visitors Center open 24 hours: Issues temporary vehicle access pass

    Benning Boulevard open 24 hours: Issues temporary vehicle access pass

    South Lumpkin Road: Closed to inbound traffic on the weekend

    1st Division Road open Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on the weekend from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Must already have vehicle access pass

    Phenix City (Near Lawson Army Air Field) open 24 hours: Must already have vehicle access pass

    Custer Road/Eisenhower Interchange open 24 hours: Must have vehicle access pass


    1. Go to I-185/Fort Benning Road Access Point

    2. Bring your valid driver's license, proof of insurance, valid registration. Everyone over 16 must have photo ID.

    3. Request three-day pass

The 27th annual Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition kicks off today with a 6:30 a.m. buddy run beginning at Camp Rogers — and it only gets tougher from there.

Forty two-man Ranger teams will start the three-day competition, but only about a quarter of those are expected to finish the last event Sunday evening. Others will fall out due to injury or exhaustion.

The 60-plus hour contest will test each competitor physically, mentally and technically.

Specific tasks are kept secret until the teams arrive at the starting line, but each duo must be prepared to tackle land navigation, water courses, weapons assembly, shooting, road marching and running.

Spectator-friendly events include the urban obstacle course and shooting tests on Day 1. Saturday brings day stakes, probably the best opportunity to get up close and personal with a Ranger. Jammed into Sunday are the Darby Queen obstacle course, helocast and water confidence course. The final buddy run to Freedom Hall at Lawson Army Air Field also typically draws a good crowd.

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