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Quarterly race shows support for deployed troops

By Lance Cpl. Christopher Zahn | | February 19, 2008

Marines, sailors and civilians gathered here to compete against each other for the Air Station's first Quarterly Road Race of the year. The race, which was sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services, was a timed two and a half mile run, open to individual and formation runners.

 Approximately 360 people competed in the event, according to Bill Brown, the athletic director for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

 "It was a good turnout, said Lance Cpl. David A. Ford, a warehouse clerk with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31. "I was glad to see how many people showed up."

 More than 30 trophies were handed out to the top three contenders in each category, separated by age and gender.

 "I was just out there having fun," Ford said, who was the overall male winner of the race. "I wasn't really running fast."

 The theme of the run was "Support our Troops," and at the end of the run, every competitor received a red Semper Fit T-shirt with that motto inscribed on the front.

 Once every Marine received a red shirt, they formed up in the shape of a heart for a picture taken from above.

 That photo will be sent to Fightertown Marines who are deployed overseas as a show of support from the homefront.

 The Air Station's next Quarterly Road Race is scheduled for March 14. All competitors must pre-register for the race by using signup forms available at the fitness centers aboard the Air Station and Parris Island. Competitors can also download the forms atwww.mccssc.com.