USS Carl Vinson Wins Fitness Contest

Story Number: NNS080128-05Release Date: 1/28/2008 12:13:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) "Gold Eagle" ran thousands of miles and defeated nine other ships to ultimately win the "Fleet Run Around the Globe" contest, Jan. 18, in Newport News.

The contest began June 13, and ended when Carl Vinson's team became the first ship to successfully log 25,000 miles; about the distance it would take to run around planet Earth. The ship reached this goal in just under 30 weeks.

Carl Vinson's Morale, Welfare and Recreation division sponsored the program, which was designed to promote self-motivated physical training and instill camaraderie and esprit-de-corps among participants.

"This win was a huge success for the Carl Vinson," said ship's Fit Boss Melissa Burns. "These Sailors put a lot of effort and hard work into the program, and it paid off, not only because they claimed the victory, but also because many of them stepped-up their fitness routines to do it."

"Gold Eagle" Sailors logged mileage for outside track and cross-country runs, as well as activity on treadmills, recumbent bicycles and elliptical machines.

Crew members accounted for their mileage by using progress tracking sheets and reporting their program activity to the fit boss weekly.

Burns said she also encouraged the team to use journals or log books to keep track of their personal feelings after workouts and dieting to monitor their own overall well being.

"It's awesome that the 'Gold Eagle' has so many Sailors who are enthusiastic about the culture of fitness," said Chad Quinn, the program's founder, and fit boss of Naval Station Diego Garcia. "All the units had a lot of fun with this competition."

Carl Vinson's fit boss agreed, and said she was pleased with the crew's effort.

"I'm really happy to see how well USS Carl Vinson pulled together to reach this common goal," said Burns. "The level of teamwork we had enabled the crew to succeed."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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