By Marcus Hill | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 50th Force Support Squadron will provide a blend of entertainment and competition during the annual St. Paddy’s Day Fun Run at 2 p.m. March 13 near the fitness center.
The race is a 2.5-mile run that is part of the Commander’s Cup and, depending on weather, usually fields 100-150 participants, who start near the upper end of the gym parking lot near the batting cages.
“Everything will be marked with cones and chalk — it’s pretty straight forward,” said Seth Cannello, 50th FSS fitness and sports manager. “It’s our standard route. Even if you haven’t run it, the cones and chalk will take you around.”
Runners have the opportunity to earn points in the Commander’s Cup for their squadron depending on their placement in the race.
The top three male and female finishers earn 50, 40 and 30 points, respectively, and earn gift cards.
First place’s gift card is $75, second is $50 and third is $25. The top 100 finishers receive T-shirts.
“I have to guess the sizes of the shirts — that’s another incentive to finish ahead of the pack,” Cannello said, “You get to pick what size you want.”
While participants can earn points for their squadrons in the Commander’s Cup and receive gifts, Cannello wants to highlight the unity aspect of the race.
“It’s not really about the shirt — it’s fun to get out and run as a group,” Cannello said. “I know a lot of squadron commanders who instead of working out that morning during their normal (physical training), they’ll do their PT in the afternoon. It’s a small run, so they won’t get super healthy in one day. But this gives people something to look forward to and it brings them together.”
Mark Schuette, 50th FSS assistant fitness and sports manager, worked several St. Paddy’s Day runs since he arrived at Schriever in 2001.
During those 19 years, Schuette typically received positive feedback from participants unless Mother Nature impacted the course.
“I don’t think anyone has come out and not had fun unless there’s bad weather,” he said. “But it’s not a grueling event like a half-marathon or anything, so most people can come and participate. Sometimes (4th Space Operations Squadron) will get their whole team together. We typically get a lot of people who come out dressed in green to do the run.”
Cannello enjoys seeing the bond units build during the race and how squadrons understand the competition and “fun” aspect of the race. He’s ready to witness another year of teams building cohesion through the event.
“I can’t wait to see a good race and I hope there are a lot of people who come out and take advantage,” Cannello said. “We have prizes for the top three, but it’s about coming out and having fun. That’s what I like the most.”
The event does not require registration, however, those who plan to participate can sign up prior to the start of the race.
For additional information, contact Cannello at 567-6628.