MCCS starts the weekend off right with Freedom Run
By Pfc. Alicia Small
| | July 13, 2007
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
With sweat pouring down their faces under the warm San Diego sun, more than 300 active duty military, retired service members and civilians crossed the finish line June 29 during the depot’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Freedom Fun Run/Walk.
The run featured a small contingent from Marine Band San Diego, which provided music for the event, and a new three-mile course, which started at the depot’s boathouse vice at the traditional location of the parking lot at the Locker Room.
According to Kelley Sitar, deputy director of Semper Fit, the course was altered to give the racers a change of scene.
Brigadier Gen. Angie Salinas, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, commenced the race with a blow horn.
Jeremy Brown took first place with a time of 15:22. Joseph Galvin, of Headquarters and Service Battalion came in a close second with 15:48. Kye Gilder, coast guardsman here, finished third with 16:27.
The fastest woman of the day was Jennifer Reinagel, who finished in 19:28. Sin Carrano and Jodie Valles took the second and third positions in the women’s category.
The age groups for the race were split every five years from zero to 60, and all runners under 10 years of age were awarded with blue ribbons.
“We believe all children are winners and that is why we gave them all ribbons,” said Sitar. “It is also our attempt to get them excited about exercise, so they know the importance of being physically fit.”
The first through third place finishers of each age group were awarded with medals presented by Brig. Gen. Salinas.
Points were also awarded to each unit, which compete in the annual Commanding General’s Cup tournament.
The standings for the CG’s Cup, after the race points were tallied into the total, have the Coast Guard in first place with 1,714, Headquarters and Service Bn. in second with 1,591, Recruit Training Regiment in third with 796, 12th Marine Corps District in fourth with 434 points, Medical in fifth with 120 and Dental in a distant sixth place with 35 points.
The CG’s cup gives service members the opportunity to come together throughout the year and compete in a series of sporting events to earn points for their units. The points each unit earns determines the winner of the CG’s Cup after the field meet, the final competition of the year.
Sitar said the run is not just a CG’s Cup event. She said it gives spouses and children the opportunity to do something fun with their family members, and helps build family togetherness.
After the race, participants enjoyed free food, drinks and entertainment.
An Uncle Sam stilt-walker attracted many of the younger runners, while prizes were raffled off to the race finishers.
Some of the prizes included a custom-made Marine Corps surfboard, a barbecue with a propane tank and cooking utensils and an I-pod with a portable boom box. Tickets to NASCAR, SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Studios were also given away as prizes.
The next Marine Corps Community Services run is the Boot Camp Challenge, which is scheduled for Oct. 6.