By Sophia E. Piellusch H&S Bn., Henderson HallApril 13, 2011
Friday's April Fools' Day started out rainy and cold, but the rain stopped in time for the Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk. Servicemembers and civilians gathered at the Fort Myer Physical Fitness Center in support of the event April 1 as part of the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall commanders cup race series.
The event began and ended at the Fort Myer Physical Fitness Center. Lisa Thomas, the sexual assault awareness coordinator for SAAM, set up a display table in the fitness center lobby before the race to distribute information and answer questions.
JBM-HH Commander Col. Carl R. Coffman gave 9-year-old Herminoe Dewitt a special token for being the youngest runner to participate. The young runner beat her best time by 4 minutes.
''This is the fifth year of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk," Coffman said.
''This is a DoD issue across the nation. We need to watch out for our friends and neighbors. While you were running today, somebody was sexually assaulted. Think about that," he said.
The winner's circle includes the overall male runner, Ray Matthews with a time of 00:18:10, the overall female runner, Margaret Smith with a time of 00:19:35, and the largest military unit, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Regiment, with 99 participating runners.
Other winners in the 5K include: Jose Triveno as 1st place finisher in the male 39 years and under category, Jennifer Bailey in first place for the female 39 years and under group, Staff Sgt. Michael Credon took first place for the men's masters and Susan Moser took first place in the women's masters, and Jeff Wood took first place in the 55 years and up category.
The first place winner for male walkers 39 years and under was Kim Richard, and the first place female was Lisa Thomas. First place in the 40 years to 54 years age group went to Jon Myslint in the men's category and Annette Hawke in the female category. The winner for the military unit participation award went to 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Alpha Co. The SAAM walk and run attracted 491 participants. For more information on the JBM-HH commanders cup race series, visit www.jbmhh.army.mil/sites/local/default.asp.