USS RONALD REAGAN (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in the ship’s first 5K run, Sept. 1.
One hundred-fifty three Sailors, runners and volunteers participated in the event.
Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW) Alicia Cole began coordinating the 5K run in May, before Ronald Reagan started its homeport journey to Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI).
“I was greatly supported by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division, as well as the NASNI MWR group,” said Cole. “We had about 25 volunteers helping with water stations, passing out shirts and coordinating the event as a whole.”
Barbara Cole supported her daughter at the run by volunteering at registration.
“I think this is wonderful,” exclaimed Cole’s mother. “She started from scratch, got people involved and everyone pitched in.”
Reagan's chief petty officer (CPO) selectees participated in the event.
“It was great to have the CPO selectees out here,” said Cole. “The younger Sailors look up to that. It’s important to see.”
Every selectee was at the 5K run. Those that couldn’t run, volunteered. The selectees ran in formation, carrying four flags and singing cadences together.
“Running in formation showed great teamwork,” said Chief (sel.) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handling Cliff Shelley. “We started as a team and finished as a team.”
Individual Sailors came out for the run, as well.
“I’m out here to get fired back up athletically,” said Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Joe Parenti. “I needed some friendly competition.”
Airman Recruit Steve Hir was Reagan’s first male Sailor to cross the finish line with a time of 18:09, and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Lopez was the first woman to finish at 26:49.
While the CPO selectees didn’t finish first, they finished together with a time of 32:39 and sang Anchors Aweigh at the end of their run.
Upon conclusion of the race, volunteers passed out shirts to all of the runners.
“I’m very pleased with the results of the race,” said Cole. “Everyone did great, and it all came together well.”
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