Hundreds of local runners join over 40,000 worldwide for JROTC 5K

BY Jan Murray

Hundreds of local runners join over 40,000 worldwide for JROTC 5K
More than 300 people took part in the Daleville Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ 5K Saturday, April 23, and officially became part of an even larger pool of runners/walkers internationally. There were 931 locations holding 5K’s and over 40,000 registered participants in the 100th Anniversary celebration of JROTC/ROTC.The international fun run was held simultaneously and participants were tracked by global positioning systems in real time. All participating run events started at 1500 Greenwich Mean Time or 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time.Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, JROTC units and military installations worldwide sponsored or ran in the events that included participants from all walks of life.Among the participants in the Daleville event were students from three area schools in addition to Daleville students. Members of the Dothan High School JROTC, Rehobeth High School JROTC, Enterprise High School JROTC and the EHS track team took part in the 5K.“There were a total of 351 registrants; 242 were Cadets.  I would say those numbers are close because we had some no show and some show up and join the fun without registering. Last year we had 191 participants, two severe storms, and one tornado so I would classify this year's event as a huge success,” said Senior Army Instructor retired Lt. Col. Chris Miller.The top four finishers were all from Enterprise High. The first place overall trophy went to Jack Brockman, a member of the EHS track team. Brockman completed the 3.1 mile race just four seconds past 18 minutes. Second place went to Blake Sharp, an EHS JROTC member, who finished in 18 minutes and 52 seconds. Finishing third at the 19 minute, 12 second mark, was Evan Crawford, also a member of the EHS JROTC. Another EHS student, Josh Crawford, came in fourth, by finishing in 19 minutes, 20 seconds.Jasmine Castaneda, an EHS student and the first female finisher for the race, received the trophy for Overall Best Female. Her finish time was 22 minutes, 20 seconds.Team winners were the Enterprise Wildcats in first place; the Warrant Officer Candidate School in second place; and Dothan High School in third place.“We had numerous sponsors (individual and businesses) contribute to the success of the many events the Cadets hosted this year,” said Miller. “We post their logo's in the range and on our web site (right margin) In the past five years, our master level sponsors have donated at least $2,500, senior level sponsors have hit the $1,500 mark and our sponsors at least $250. We appreciate our Cadets who volunteered and showed up at 6 a.m. Saturday to set up and stayed after to break down.”Miller said the JROTC appreciates the Fort Rucker volunteers, including members of the Warrant Officer Candidate School, the 223rd Aviation, the 10th Aviation, the post’s MWR office and city employees who worked hard and gave up their time to plan, prepare and execute the event.“I know we all had a great deal of fun with this community event.  I intend to host the next Annual JROTC 5K around the same time next year,” said Miller. “Let's all work together to make this a community tradition…I am grateful for the other JROTC Battalions' participation, so I plan to deposit $50 in their respective MidwayUSA Foundation endowment fund accounts as a show of good faith.”
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