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Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society hosts marathon, 5K/Fun Run

By Cpl. Isaac Pacheco | | May 20, 2004

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More than 100 Marines, Sailors and civilians came out running Saturday April 15, when they participated in the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society half marathon, 5K run and Fun Run. All proceeds from the event went to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the U.S. Naval Services, eligible family members, and survivors in need.Event organizer Kim Verhegge, operations officer, S-3, said servicemembers helped make the event a success in the face of initial challenges."We worked hard to get sponsors and to get people to support us," Verhegge said. "Getting the word out was also a challenge, but I'm really pleased with the turnout. We had a good crowd and perfect weather."Some participants like Perry Slaughter, a publication analyst for Delta Airlines, entered the run to push themselves to the edge of their physical limits. Slaughter was all business when it came to the half marathon, finishing first in the grueling 13-mile gauntlet with a time of 1:22:00. Slaughter says the front of the pack was lonely, but peaceful."I've run in about eight marathons, and this was a good course," Slaughter said. "The gravel was rough, and it was hot out there, but I enjoyed it."Other participants took a slightly less intense approach to the run, enjoying instead the family-friendly exercise opportunity provided by the aptly named "fun run.""This is a fun way to exercise and bring my daughter along," said Dawn Hopkins, quality control clerk, Garrison Mobile Equipment. "It's also nice to be supporting a good cause like the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society."The event proved to be not only a successful fundraiser for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, but also a valuable opportunity for community interaction. Civilians from Albany and surrounding communities competed alongside servicemembers during the races, and were awarded medals for their victories."My kids participated in the fun run and I ran in the 5K," said Dr. Brendan Groarke, physician, Primary Care. I read about the event in the Albany Herald, and decided to bring my kids out and participate. It was a good experience, and I really enjoyed the run."The feeling of appreciation went both ways as some Marines expressed their thanks for the community's support."It was a good run because there were a lot of people out here, especially civilians," said Matthew Caldwell, budget clerk, Base Telephone Office. "It was definitely good to see people of all ages out here supporting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society."
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