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DOE and NNSA employees go the extra mile in a nationwide virtual footrace

May 3, 2019

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The DOE Mile 2019 logo

In the spirit of friendly competition, Sandia National Laboratories in California has challenged labs, plants, and sites across the Department of Energy (DOE) and NNSA to a one-mile foot race to take place on Tuesday, May 7.

The goal is to encourage employees to engage in physical activity, while preparing for and participating in a mile walk/run. It also promotes camaraderie among colleagues, as employees across the country vie for the title of “Fastest Lab.”

For the competition, each lab, plant, or site measures and marks a one-mile course at their facility and recruits workers to the starting line on race day. The finishing times from all labs are merged to determine the results for overall placing, and top male/female walkers and runners. The following labs, plants, and sites will participate in the 2019 DOE Mile:

  • Ames National Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois
  • Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, Virginia
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
  • Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Sandia National Laboratories – California, Livermore, California
  • Sandia National Laboratories – New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford, California
  • Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The 2018 event drew 931 walkers and runners from six labs, plants, and sites, with Sandia California winning the Fastest Lab title, followed by Sandia New Mexico, Livermore Lab, Jefferson Lab, Y-12, and Ames.

The 2018 winning times were set by Livermore Lab’s Scott Trummer in 4:33 and Ellen Edwards in 6:35. Ames had the highest participation rate, with 20 percent of their lab population lining up on the starting line.