FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Sounds of laughter and Irish folk music filled the air as 368 people stepped up to the starting line outside Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center on Fort Carson, Colo., to begin the Luck of the Volunteer Fun Run/Walk, March 15.

The St. Patrick's Day themed run was sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Fort Carson Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation to recognize volunteers who assist in the community.

"March is American Red Cross month," said Amanda Rolsen, American Red Cross, Fort Carson Station. "It is a time to share a fun event as well as share our local and world-wide services with the community."

Amber Zurita, intramural sports director, DFMWR, said the event was great for recognizing volunteers and what they do for the community and provided an active and fun way to give back to them.

Competitors could choose between a three- or six-mile route for the run. Many of the participants said they were glad to help recognize the contributions volunteers make and get some exercise while doing it.

"It is a great way to stay in shape," said 1st Sgt. Jon Trawick, senior enlisted leader, 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. "I love giving back to and supporting great causes."

Trawick and his wife Elena said they chose the race to get outside and spend time together while doing something fun.

The 1st place overall male and female runners said they enjoyed doing fun runs like these.

Spc. Ramses Ramirez, infantryman, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, who won for the men's division, said it felt great to get out there and have fun.

Luz Munoz, spouse of Air Force Staff Sgt. Davis Munoz, communication specialist, who won the in the female division, said she was glad she was able to support the volunteers and happy that she won.
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