Like father, like son.
Much like his father, Col. Eric J. Hesse, there's a competitive fire that burns inside Dylan Hesse.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Dylan challenged his elder to run in the annual Army ten-Miler Race held recently in Washington, D.C.
But, what Dylan likely didn't anticipate was that his father would not only run the race with him, but finish it in as well of a time as he did.
Dylan, a senior who plays soccer and runs track at Indian River High School near Fort Drum, N.Y., completed the run in a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes.
A native of Palmerton, Col. Hesse, who has served as the Inspector General of the New York National Guard since July of 2009, finished the run in 1 hour, 22 minutes.
The Army 10-Miler, which marked its 26th running on Oct. 24, is the third largest road race in the world and is the U.S. Army's premier running event.
The course begins and ends at the Pentagon and runs through the nation's capitol. Military and civilian runners come from around the world to take part.
As the National Guard inspector general who is always an Active Duty officer Col. Hesse previously served in the 10th Mountain Division for 10 years in the Division Logistics section, the Division Support Command, and the 10th Sustainment Brigade.
Col. Hesse and his wife, Lisa Hesse, a substitute teacher, both grew up in Palmerton. Lisa is the daughter of Frank and Kathy Hager of Palmerton.