2010 Year in Review: 140 take on Top of the Rock (30 Sep 10)
January 6, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The 2010 Top of the Rock Run, staged under bright, sunny skies and warm temperatures at the Quick Track near Newman Fitness Center, attracted more than 140 runners - some serious contenders, some making it a Family morning, and some there just to do what they love - to run, Sept. 25.
With the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield population thinned by deployments, early registration indicated that the number of participants might reach only about 75.
But Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation planners prepared for that number to grow, and the race came off without a hitch when the ranks of the runners filled in with race-day registrations.
At morning's end, registration figures showed 81 competed in the 10K 2010 Top of the Rock event, and 62 completed the event's 5K run.
The event ended with lots of smiles, lots of camaraderie and lots of pride as the competitors assembled for presentation of trophies by Col. Kevin Milton, garrison commander, and Command Sergeant Major James E. Ervin, garrison command sergeant major.
During the races, spectators gathered at the finish line on Sixth Avenue, waiting for Family Members, friends or other competitors to complete the 5K and 10K runs. Runners were greeted with cheers and encouragement as they crossed the finish line.
Among those at the finish line were Bianca Smith and her brother, Alex, who said they were waiting for Mom, Dad and their brother to complete the race. E-8 Kent Smith, Yvonne Smith and Kent Smith, Jr. competed in the 10K race.
Rashaan Jackson pushed his daughter Riley, 2, in a stroller as he completed the 5K run in support of his wife, Maj. Ratasha Jackson, who is deployed.