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NEWS | June 16, 2015

Joint Base Charleston hosts local community 5k

By Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

More than 250 runners from all over the Lowcountry participated in the "Run the Runway 5k" event June 13, 2015, at Joint Base Charleston S.C. 

The annual event, now open to the public, was conducted on a 3.1 mile course certified by USA Track and Field.

The entire race took place on the flightline and started at 8 a.m.

"How many people can say they have completed a 5k run on a runway?" asked Maj. Krystal Glaster, 628th Force Support Squadron operations officer who lead the coordination for the run. "It's a new experience we wanted to share with our community. The base has been hosting this event for seven years and we wanted to open this great event to all." 

According to Glaster, Joint Base Charleston has strong ties with the local community and hosting them to run on the runway was a great way to continue that relationship.

"The event was an overall success and I'm glad so many people came out to run," Glaster added.  "The run was such a success because of the help of the local community. Our number of participants doubled from last year and the Charleston Running Club and the Cooper River Bridge Run Team played big roles in helping advertise."

A North Charleston runner, Millie Anderson-Taylor, said she had a great time and looks forward to next year's race.

"I love to run and coming on base to run on the runway was an amazing opportunity to share our support for our military members," Anderson-Taylor said. "Running alongside a C-17 was also a great experience. I had so much fun!"

The fastest times for the event were:

Male - 18:23 by Mark Malandra
Female - 21:17 by Katherine McEvoy