Racer Run Benefits Wing and Community
By SSgt Josh Velders, 181st Public Affairs
/ Published October 22, 2009
Hulman Field, Ind. --
Although we have hosted many "Racer Runs" in the past, the most recent event was not only a benefit to Wing members, but also the community and those in need of food.
The event, held on October 3rd, 2009 at Hulman Field, Terre Haute Ind., included a 1.5 mile Fun Run, 5K and 10K events. Participants were encouraged to present at least one non-perishable food item, along with their entry fees to the registration table. This resulted in the collection of four large barrels of food for donation to a local food bank to support the citizens of the Wabash Valley. Along with the food donation, the 181st Intelligence Support Squadron gathered nearly $300 to purchase additional food items.
Not only did this event promote moral, camaraderie, and personal fitness for military members and civilians alike, but it also brought awareness to combating hunger and providing to those in need.
"This year's cool weather on the day of the event was much better than last year's windy conditions," said Maj. John Puckett, winner of the 10k top military male award. "It was excellent running weather".
Along with the 74 military members in attendance, 61 community participants from around the area entered the race, including a strong showing of children from Hoosier Prairie Elementary School. The involvement of a younger generation was a clear demonstration of the importance of physical fitness at all age levels. Larry Thompson, also known as LT, of Fitness Experts was also on hand for the event, leading a group warm-up and stretching exercises.
This year's event was coordinated by 1st Lt. Randi Brown and MSgt Melinda Tatman.
1.5 Top Runners
Spencer Loscar - 8:23.5
Joshua Bonham - 8:39.7
5K Top Runner
Top Military Male was Jason Gaudard - 24:45.0
Top Male was Darby Sinders - 19:32.1
Top Military Female was Julie Vanlandingham - 28:52.6
Top Female was Katherine Murdoch - 27:02.2
10K Top Runners
Top Military Male was John Puckett - 44:47.7
Top Male was Matthew Good - 41:52.7
Top Military Female was Angela Shaw - 54:01.2
Top Female was Linda Holt - 56:37.9