PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) competed in the 73 Challenge fitness competition, Sept. 21.
The 73 Challenge is a time-trial event that requires male competitors to complete 73 push-ups, 73 sit-ups, 73 consecutive rope jumps, followed by a 3-mile run on a treadmill; and female competitors to must complete 37 push-ups, 37 sit-ups, 73 consecutive rope jumps and a 3-mile run on the treadmill.
"Friendly competition is always a good thing," said Ship's Serviceman Seaman Santonio Walls, from Memphis, Tenn. "It keeps me motivated and makes me want to go back to the gym tomorrow and the next day. So today, I will take it slow and pace myself, but when the opportunity presents itself, that's when I'll shoot off."
The 73 Challenge is one event within The Warfighter's Cup, which is a series of physical challenges that every Sailor can participate in at sea to represent their department or embarked squadron.
Participants earn points automatically; however, they earn extra points according to their finishing place in each competition. Points are then accumulated to determine rankings - boosting pride and morale within their division.
"Competition builds esprit de corps," said George Washington's Command Master Chief Shaun Brahmsteadt. "It's really brought the team together. The air wing comes and goes but by doing these events, we really bring everybody together much quicker than normal. We get down to business and at the end, everyone congratulates everybody completing the event."
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its partners and allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
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