Father and daughter compete in Army 10 Miler in Washington D.C.

COLFAX — U.S. Army Major Dale Bergeson (retired) and his daughter Tabatha O’Keefe of Plover competed in the Army 10 Miler in Washington D.C. October 9.

Starting at the Pentagon, more than 30,000 runners crossed over bridges and ran around the monuments in the D.C. Mall, finishing back at the Pentagon.

Increased security was present throughout the course, in view of the recent Las Vegas mass shootings.

The race is a competitive run but was changed less than two hours into it, due to the heat index, temperature and humidity. The Army changed the status to a recreational run. Regulations required that all training be stopped. There were numerous heat related incidents.

Dale and Tabatha finished the 10 miles before the course was rerouted to finish sooner.

Tabatha finished ahead of Dale again this year. The highlight of the trip was meeting Newt Gingrich at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

This year Dale and Tabatha ran to honor the memory of Army Private First Class Michael J. Larson, son of Rod and Deb Larson of Colfax.