Runners say goodbye to summer during Devil Dog 7k run
Participants in the Devil Dog 7k start outside of the Cpl. Terry L. Smith Gymnasium on the Henderson Hall portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Sept. 18, 2013.

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - A frosty feel was in the pre-dawn Military District of Washington air when 118 runners scampered clear of Henderson Hall's Cpl. Terry L. Smith Gymnasium Devil Dog 7k starting line Sept. 18.

Less than a half hour and 4.3 miles later, Marine Capt. Justin Kirk was the first to cross the Devil Dog 7k finish line.

The Pentagon-based service member knocked his early morning run out of the way in a time of 25 minutes and 13 seconds. Kirk's Semper Fit Oohrah Series jaunt was a part of his return to competitive running after a layoff due to injury.

"I really don't know my pace right now," said Kirk, who is rehabilitating from an achilles injury. "I definitely paced myself; I didn't go out too hard, which was good this morning. This is kind of an unknown distance, 7k, it's a pretty weird distance, so it's hard for me to calculate what my actual pace could have been. I know it was under six minutes [per mile], which is fine."

Two JBM-HH road race veterans also posted top three times for the race, which traversed length-wise through the joint base to eventually turnaround at the Marine Corps Memorial. Yuko Whitestone was the women's winner in 31:14, and Joseph Galvin was male runner-up with a clocking of 25:23.

Gabby Pasillas (34:18) was the second woman to cross the finish line, and Christy Gunville was third in 36:02. The men's third-place finisher was Daniel Richard in 27:20.

Prior to the road race, the Semper Fit Oorah staff led all runners and spectators in a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims, families and survivors of the Washington Navy Yard shooting.

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