Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spartyka Nation Wounded Warrior 5K Run

The runners waiting to start
At the moment I'm in an NCO school at Ft Eustis, Virginia.  On of my classmates found out that Spartyka Nation was running a benefit 5k run for the Wounded Warrior Project at Virginia Beach this weekend, and we decided to go.  As it turns out one of our group had been assisted by the WWP, so there was a personal element to the trip.  Virginia Beach, while a major tourist attraction, is no stranger to the military with a strong Naval presence at nearby Norfolk, Oceana and Little Creek as well as nearby Ft Eustis and Langley Air Force Base.  With those kinds of neighbors, it's not surprising there was a good turn out even though it was a little cool.
Everyone evened out by the turnaround point
The run itself was an out and back along the boardwalk which made for a nice running surface.  It was the typical gaggle at the start, but within a couple of minutes everyone was sorted out and running at whatever their comfortable pace was.  It was a pleasant run, and a great way to get off post and get a little fresh air. 
The group of us from class
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Bou said...

That is a VERY nice run. I did a half marathon there a few years ago and they do it right. Running on the boardwalk is a nice atmosphere.

I wish they did WWP runs here in town, but I just don't think we get enough military, although we have a HUGE VA Center.

Pogue said...

I like trail running in the desert, but Virginia Beach is pretty hard to beat, especially that time of year.