Droves of Marines, sailors, Coast Guardsmen, families, run annual depot 5K race
By Cpl. Jess Levens
| | July 08, 2005
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. --
More than 400 people finished this year's Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Marine Corps Community Services 5K Freedom Run here June 30.
Brig. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commanding general, MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, started the race by sounding an air horn.
However, before the start, the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard from Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., presented the colors as a Navy petty officer sang the national anthem. Brig. Gen. Paxton administered a light-hearted roll call, summoning cheers from different services and organizations aboard the depot. He gave a few remarks, and the race was underway.
Tim Tappy, 29, won the 3.1-mile race in 16:59. Jeremy Brown and Andrew Bartle took second and third places respectively. Cinda Brown was the fastest woman with a time of 21:14. Jennifer Reinagel and Erica Sist finished second and third. Winners received free shoes from a local running store.
Race age groups split every four years from 18 to 49. Other categories included 17 and younger, and 50 and older.
Additionally, Marines who entered the race earned Commanding General's Cup points for their units.
Before and after the race, a local rock band serenaded runners with oldies and classic rock as participants enjoyed free food and drinks, and MCCS raffled off several prizes. The next MCCS run here is the Turkey Trot in November.