Carl Vinson Sailors Run Shamrock Marathon

Story Number: NNS090327-24Release Date: 3/27/2009 3:40:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Erks, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Crew members on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) participated in the annual Shamrock Marathon March 22 in Virginia Beach, Va. and helped raise money for charity in the process.

"Gold Eagle" Sailors of all ranks and pay grades, including Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter, Executive Officer Capt. Stephen Koehler, and Command Master Chief Glenn Mallo, put their endurance to the test for the 13.1-mile half marathon, with some continuing on to finish the full marathon.

Lt. Cmdr. Glenda Jennings Harrison, principle assistant chaplain on board, said she volunteered to be a course marshal to support the charitable cause and cheer the Sailors on to the finish line.

"It was a brisk, cold morning, and my job was to defer all traffic away from our runners," said Jennings Harrison. "Like every run, I used my 'preacher's voice' to motivate our Carl Vinson Sailors as they ran by me for support."

Aviation Electronics Technician Joal Titus, who completed his first full marathon at the event, placed 54th out of more than 2,555 participants, an astounding feat for a novice runner. His performance at Shamrock also qualified him for entry into the Boston Marathon.

All proceeds from the Shamrock Marathon were donated to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. In the past three years, more than $83,000 has been raised for the cause. Additional charities were also supported by other events associated with the marathon.

"It was a good day to see every runner's expression as they ran by," said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Sandra Hosier. "Even though it was cold, it was awesome to see the enthusiasm on everybody's faces. I'm glad I had the chance to be a part of it."

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