With goal to have fun and remain injury-free, Cobras, Avengers, Billy Goats team up to finish first in AF Marathon

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  • By Jet Fabara
  • 340th Flying Training Group Public Affairs

The Air Force Marathon usually draws in more than 8,000 competitors every year. This year, three runners from the 340th Flying Training Group (Avengers), 39th Flying Training Squadron (Cobras), and 559th Flying Training Squadron (Billy Goats), all units assigned to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, decided to compete in the three-person relay Sept. 16, 2023, and finished first out of 29 teams with a time of 3:10:05.

The three-person team, called Team Fueled by Jet A, comprised of Maj. Caitlin Miller from the 39th FTS, Lt. Col. Michael Fleharty from the 559th FTS, and Lt. Col. Aric Wagner from the 340th FTG.

“Team Fueled by Jet A has competed in a few races in the San Antonio area, [because] we love the active comradery,” said Miller, 39th FTS T-6A assistant flight commander. “We decided to branch out and represent the ‘Cobras,’ ‘Avengers’ and ‘Goats’ at this year’s AF Marathon.”

According to Wagner, although he has participated in the AF Marathon prior to this year, this was a first for Team Fueled by Jet A.

“We are all avid runners,” Miller said. “However, our goal was to make it to the start line un-injured and have some fun while doing it.”

The next relay the team signed up for is the San Antonio Road Runners Great Greenway Marathon Relay in February 2024.