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Family Readiness 5K Run

Ms. Beth Long, the first female finisher, crosses the finish line with an official time of 19:11 to take first place during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run. Ms. Long was one of more then 200 runners that came out to support the 174th FW Family Readiness Program. The run was held on October 9, 2010 at the Willow Bay shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. (USAF Photo by: SSgt James N. Faso II/Released)

Ms. Beth Long, the first female finisher, crosses the finish line with an official time of 19:11 to take first place during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run. Ms. Long was one of more then 200 runners that came out to support the 174th FW Family Readiness Program. The run was held on October 9, 2010 at the Willow Bay shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. (USAF Photo by: SSgt James N. Faso II/Released)

174th Fighter Wing (FW) Commander Col. Kevin Bradley crosses the finish line during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run. Col. Bradley was one of more then 200 runners who came out to support the 174th FW Family Readiness Program. Col. Bradley said, "We're here to support the Family Readiness Program, because the families play as big a supportive role in our mission as the unit members do. Our members couldn't do their jobs if it was not for the support of the families.". The run was held on October 9, 2010 at the Willow Bay shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. (USAF Photo by: SSgt. James N. Faso II/Released)

174th Fighter Wing (FW) Commander Col. Kevin Bradley crosses the finish line during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run. Col. Bradley was one of more then 200 runners who came out to support the 174th FW Family Readiness Program. Col. Bradley said, "We're here to support the Family Readiness Program, because the families play as big a supportive role in our mission as the unit members do. Our members couldn't do their jobs if it was not for the support of the families.". The run was held on October 9, 2010 at the Willow Bay shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. (USAF Photo by: SSgt. James N. Faso II/Released)

Participants race away from of the start line during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run, held October 9th at the Willow Bay shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. Over 200 people participated in the walk/run, which was held to support the New York State Family Readiness program. (USAF Photo by: SSgt. James N. Faso II/Released)

Participants race away from of the start line during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run, held October 9th at the Willow Bay shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. Over 200 people participated in the walk/run, which was held to support the New York State Family Readiness program. (USAF Photo by: SSgt. James N. Faso II/Released)

Youth participants race away from of the start line during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run, held October 9th at the Willow Bay Shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. The youth participants ran just 1k and the eventual winner (pictured far right) Conor McManus, age 9, crossed the finish line with an official time of 3:29. (USAF Photo by: SSgt. James N. Faso II/Released)

Youth participants race away from of the start line during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run, held October 9th at the Willow Bay Shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. The youth participants ran just 1k and the eventual winner (pictured far right) Conor McManus, age 9, crossed the finish line with an official time of 3:29. (USAF Photo by: SSgt. James N. Faso II/Released)

Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, SYRACUSE, NY -- On October 9, 2010, the Willow Bay shelter at Onondaga Lake Park was the site of the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run.

A total of 206 runners and walkers, some pre-registered, others registered on-site, supported the efforts of the unit, its members and family members. Runners/walkers included Col. Kevin Bradley, commander of the 174th Fighter Wing and his wife, Mrs. Karen Bradley. Col. Bradley said, "We're here to support the Family Readiness Program, because the families play as big a supportive role in our mission as the unit members do. Our members couldn't do their jobs if it was not for the support of the families."

Captain Timothy Martin, of the 174th Maintenance Group, volunteered to be the coordinator of the event, and worked very closely with Mrs. Terry Scanlin, 174th FW Family Readiness Program Coordinator, to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Members of the 174th FW deployed to Afghanistan also participated in a 5K run at the same time, in support of the event, giving deployed members to run with their family members, even while on the other side of the world.

Mrs. Cherie Murphy, President of the New York National Guard Readiness Counsel (NYNGRC), and Mrs. Kathy Williamson, Treasurer, were present as observers/participants during the event. The 5K run was designed as a way to get members guardsmen and family members active in running, as well as raise funds for the organization. The first run took place three years ago in Latham, NY, and averages $8000-$9000 per event. Mrs. Murphy said, "It's a good way to get name recognition, and it would be fantastic if it someday became a national event."

Just prior to the 5K run, there was a 1K Kids' Fun Run, in which small children and parents were able to participate in the event. The high energy of the young ones was motivating as the adults cheered them on. The first place winner of the children's event was Conor McManus, age 9, with a time of 3:29.

At 9:15 a.m. and 5:45 p. m. local time in Afghanistan, the runners (and walkers) took off on the path marked for the 5K route. It didn't take very long before the first runners were visibly heading toward the finish line.

The first runner to cross the finish line was Kevin Collins, YMCA, Director for Running Programs, with a time of 16:04. Mr. Collins, who conducts running groups at the park, had just completed a class when he saw the activity and signed up at the last minute.

The first female to cross the line was Ms. Beth Long, Time Warner Cable Sports, with a time of 19:11. She signed up to support the organization after seeing information about it on the Fleet Week website. Ms. Long said, "It feels good to run something different than the 800." She ran the 800 during her undergraduate courses in North Carolina and cross country for Syracuse University during her graduate years.

The first runner in the Under 19 Division to finish was Travis Chewning-Kulick, 15, who registered for the event when he saw the display at the New York State Fair, finished with a time of 17:22. Travis has aspirations of serving in the military and hopes to attend West Point Academy when he graduates high school.

There are talks of this becoming an annual event for Hancock Field.