Winners Named in UMUC Military Challenge, a Race Within the National Triathlon

UMUC congratulates Kyle Hooker for finishing first in the Military Challenge race in Washington, D.C.


By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   September 23, 2008

ADELPHI, MD. (Sept. 23, 2008) –UMUC is pleased to congratulate Kyle Hooker for winning the university’s Military Challenge competition in Washington, D.C. on September 14, 2008.  More than 500 servicemembers competed with each other in the first-ever Military Challenge, a race within the Nation’s Triathlon.

Following Hooker, second and third place winners of the Military Challenge were Kenneth Corigliano and Tyler Sharp, respectively. Among female competitors, Samantha Bird, Amy Alexander and Tiffany Hill placed first, second and third, respectively. Competitors in the triathlon ran, swam and biked throughout Washington, D.C., passing by historical landmarks including the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial.

“On behalf of University of Maryland University College, let me say how pleased and proud we are to have sponsored the 2008 Nation's Triathlon and the UMUC Military Challenge race-within-a-race,” said UMUC President, Dr. Susan C. Aldridge. “At UMUC, we have a 60-year history of serving the educational needs of military servicemembers and their dependents, and we know firsthand the level of dedication and discipline that is typical of our men and women in uniform. It is an honor for us to spotlight their achievements in this year’s race and to support all of this year’s contestants, who inspire us with their courage and their commitment to achieving their goals.”

UMUC has been providing higher education to students and military servicemembers for more than 60 years. Through contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, UMUC serves U.S. troops stationed in 24 countries—including Djibouti, Afghanistan and Qatar. Headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, UMUC has classroom locations in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Europe, and Asia, and provides award-winning online classes to students.