by Senior Airman Stephanie Morris
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
7/27/2015 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Chief
Master Sgt. Geoff Weimer, 5th Bomb Wing command chief, ran 52 miles on
the McAdoo Sports and Fitness Center outdoor track to support the Air
Force Enlisted Village and Chief Master Sergeant. Scholarship Fund at
Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 24, 2015.
Weimer was able to raise $1,733.60 for the Air Force Enlisted Village
and Chief Master Sergeant Scholarship Fund, by collecting 52 cent
donations from 5th Bomb Wing Airmen.
Weimer explained his desire to take on the monumental run was due to the
fact that unlike some of the major annual charitable contribution
campaigns, the Chief Master Sergeant Scholarship Fund and Air Force
Enlisted Village do not have broad publicity and the formal structure to
generate the same high levels of support. Nonetheless, the fund and the
scholarship are important components of taking care of Air Force
families today and in the future; his main goal was to generate support
"It is one of many events that serves to remind us as Warbirds and Rough
Riders, we are Bomber Airmen and Missile Airmen who provide deterrence
and assurance. But, above all, we are also Air Force Airmen who support
the world's greatest airpower team and families," Weimer said.
It's possible, and very motivating, for Airmen to blend their personal
interests and goals with professional pursuits and the betterment of
their missions and organizations, Weimer said. It can bring balance to
their lives and sustains their momentum by way of physical and mental
endurance when they face significant stressors and challenges.
The event incorporated the aspects of physical fitness and the mental
fortitude to set and achieve challenging goals which supported a worthy
contribution effort, Weimer said.
To prepare for the event, Weimer made distance adjustments to his
regular running routine and factored in fatigue and physical stress.
"For this particular event, I basically stepped up the mileage from 32
miles per week to 50 to 60 and then tapered down the final two weeks
with rest the final two days," Weimer said. "There's much more detail to
it, but mileage and nutrition are the two top components."
However, this was not the first extended run Weimer has participated in.
He has run ultra distances, many in the form of relays in the past.
He explained the relay experiences were particularly helpful in ultra
training because the team aspect builds relationships while gaining
experience and expertise from other avid runners.
"Running is a life-long interest and activity, so I've read and adjusted many times over the years," Weimer said.
In addition to supporting the CMSAF Scholarship Fund and Air Force
Enlisted Village, Weimer also hoped to send a message to base Airmen
that personal wellness, professional success and quality of life depend
on a long-term approach to building strength, skills and meaningful
"My advice is to establish life-long goals based on a vision of your
future self, and then plot the incremental milestones necessary to
achieve the vision," Weimer said. "On a daily basis, simply plan your
run and run your plan."