BALTIMORE (NNS) -- Sailors, Marines and citizens of Baltimore ran through the city’s Inner Harbor on Oct. 7 as part of Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore (MFWASB).
Sailors and Marines from several of the ships in Baltimore for Fleet Week were represented during the run.
“I came out to have a good time with my shipmates and enjoy Baltimore,” said Lt. Andrew Grant, a Sailor assigned to the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5). “The city has been great, the food has been great and the citizens of Baltimore have been very welcoming.”
The 5K is slated to become a regular part of the biennial MFWASB.
“The goal is to inspire and give the troops something fun to do on a Sunday morning,” said Lisa Hansen, marketing director for Historic Ships in Baltimore. “In 2016 during Maryland Fleet Week, there was an annual Baltimore marathon going on and we thought it was good for everyone, so we decided to create something for the troops."
More than a year of planning was put into place to make sure service members and locals had a chance to participate in this event.
“It probably was about 18 months of work,” said Hansen. “It took 400 people, 70 different organizations represented within those people, 19 committees and regular meetings with the Navy to put this together.”
Hansen said it took monthly meetings to get their ducks in a row with the city, state and transportation.
“It was such a great event,” said Grant. “The course was amazing. It was an amazing way to highlight Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and I had a great time with my fellow Sailors and the fine people of Baltimore.”
A Maryland native, John Ford, won the race with a time of 17:34.
Ford said it felt great to win and that he was running to represent his uncle and cousin, both of whom served in the Navy.
MDFWASB is Baltimore’s celebration of the sea services and provides an opportunity for the citizens of Maryland and the city of Baltimore to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services.
“We appreciate the Navy for selecting Baltimore and we’re proud to be an official Fleet Week city,” said Hansen.
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