Gate-to-Gate run celebrates Hispanic heritage, culture
Hundreds of people participate in last year's gate-to-gate run from the Ozark gate to the Daleville gate. This year's Hispanic Heritage Gate-to-Gate run will be on Sept. 29 and begin at 9 a.m.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (September 20, 2012) -- The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host the Hispanic Heritage Gate to Gate run Sept. 29 from 9-11 a.m. to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of American citizens of Hispanic ancestry, according to Kristi Fink, fitness programs manager for Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility.

"Hispanic people are a large ethnic group within the Army and a large part of Army culture," said Susie Antonello, visual merchandiser manager for Army and Air Force Exchange Services. "The U.S. is a nation of immigrants -- it's a melting pot. Fort Rucker celebrates to recognize the many Americans of Hispanic descent who have made outstanding contributions to our country."

The gate to gate run will start at the Ozark gate and end at the Daleville gate, and the length of the run is 4.2 miles, which differs from most runs on Fort Rucker that are either 5k or 10k runs, according to Fink.

"The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome. I am expecting 200-250 participants this year," she said, adding that gate-to-gate runs in the past have had 150-200 runners.

The cost to sign up is $20 if people sign up today, but after that up to race day the cost is $25. People can also participate in the run in teams, and the cost to run as a team is $100 for a team of up to eight people.

People can meet at the Daleville gate and busses will transport them to the Ozark gate starting at 7:30 a.m., and the last bus will leave at 8:40 a.m.

Fink also said that people on Fort Rucker that aren't participating in the run should be aware of roads that will be closed to accommodate the runners.

"Andrews Avenue from the Ozark gate to 3rd Avenue, and 3rd Avenue to the Daleville gate will be closed from 8:30-10:30 a.m.," she said. "Andrews will reopen once the last runner turns onto third."

Fink said that she encourages people to participate in the runs on Fort Rucker to promote a healthy lifestyle for those on the installation.

"We are always trying to promote health and fitness, and it's great to encourage new runners to do a race," she said.

For more information, call 255-3794

Page last updated Thu September 20th, 2012 at 00:00