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BICmd Marines run Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival 5K

By Staff Sgt. Michael Reed | | May 6, 2004

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Blount Island Command Marines helped promote community relations by taking part in the 10th Annual Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival 5K Run, May 1.

The run was a part of Fernandina Beach's 42nd Annual Shrimp Festival, which began April 29 and ended Sunday.

While forming up under an overcast sky and preparing to compete in the annual run, 10 BICmd Marines readied themselves to go on a "little motivating run" on the sand-covered streets of Fernandina Beach.

The run, which welcomed runners of all ages, kicked off at 8 a.m.

The run also played host to more than 450 runners, along with more than 200 kids participating in the 7th Annual Katie Caples Memorial Youth Run. The proceeds from the runs will go to help the YMCA's Really Caring Campaign.

According to Teri Daggett, Shrimp Run coordinator, the campaign raises funds to allow financial assistance for YMCA memberships and programs.

"Each year, more and more runners come out to participate in this very worthy cause. This year breaks last year's record with runners and raising more than $100,000." Daggett said.

According to 1stSgt. Ivan Rodriguez, BICmd, the run gives the Marines an opportunity to get out and support the community which in turn supports the Marine Corps.

During the opening ceremony, Sgt Robinson R. Rodriguez of Logistics Division, represented the Marine Corps as BICmd's NCO of the Quarter.

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