Thirty-four athletes endured a grueling three day fitness challenge in order to earn the "Ultimate Tactical Athlete” title at the Inaugural HITT Athlete Championship at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, Calif., from Sept. 15-17, 2015.

SSgt Lauren Schoener, an agent with the Criminal Investigation Division from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Az. and Cpl Joshua Boozer from 29 Palms took the title from their competitors.

It was sheer motivation at its best. Some were driven by personal goals, others by the love of competition. Athletes took on challenges like running up a hill carrying 70 pound dummies or sprinting to simulated target shooting.  Each Marine was determined to take the title home.

HITT’s top female was inspired to push through to the end and found herself in first place by the end of day two.  “My secret to success is to be tenacious, consistent, and always try anything twice,” said SSgt Schoener.

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