Soldier beats record for female bomb disposal suit run

Published On: Sep 23 2013 02:16:00 PM HST

First Lieutenant Ashley Sorensen of the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion broke the world record for the one-mile bomb disposal suit run by more than two minutes at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Monday, according to the U.S. Army.

Lt. Sorensen wore a fully functional bomb disposal suit, which weighs more than 75 pounds at the UH Manoa track.

The Guinness Book of World Records will be reviewing the record time.

If the record holds up, it will be the fastest female one-mile run in an EOD bomb disposal suit.

"Whenever EOD goes out in the bomb suits for a manual approach, it's really important that we're able to work and sweat in the suit and still be able to peform, so making it a competition when we train helps with that," said Sorensen.  "Running a mile like this is definitely a challenge."

The Milwaukee native compared the run's physical and psychological intensity to the final miles of a marathon.After an 18-month process of training and planning for the record breaking attempt, Sorensen said, "We finally did it, it feels awesome, and I really appreciate everybody coming out for it!"

Sorensen graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2010, and she currently serves as her unit's executive officer.  She is part of the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command based out of Schofield Barracks.


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