Photos: Championship Contest for IDF Officers During Annual Health and Fitness Month, 5 Oct 2010

In the culminating event of IDF Annual Health and Fitness Month on Tuesday, October 5th, male officers with the rank of Major and higher, and female officers with the rank of Captain and higher all participated in a day consisting of various sporting events beginning with a race led by the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi. The event took place at the Wingate Institute near Netanya. Traditionally spanning a week, Lt. General Ashkenazi recently extended the Annual Health and Fitness events into a month long occaision. The month is part of an effort to raise awareness of the importance of physical fitness among IDF soldiers and commanders.

During the annual race that kicks off the day of championship events, the Chief of Staff (wearing a black shirt) leads the junior and senior officers who participate. Traditionally, no one is allowed to pass the Chief of Staff throughout the race.

The incoming IDF Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant (wearing a purple shirt) finishes the race.

The Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi is pictured here wearing a black t-shirt. The day long sporting event ended in a game of soccer in which senior IDF officers competed against the Maccabi Haifa soccer team.

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