MONTEREY, Calif. - The sun came out just in time to kickoff the Commandant's run here at the Presidio of Monterey, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
With more than 3,000 service members from the Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force taking part, DLIFLC Commandant, Col. David Chapman, led the run, which began at the Price Fitness Center athletic field.
The run wound its way up and down hills and curves of the Presidio of Monterey before eventually reaching the bottom of the Presidio's Soldier Field. Service members were in high spirit with the Presidio's largest battalion, the 229th MI BN, leading the way with cadence calls, a traditional call-and-response, sung by military personnel while running or marching. The Air Force followed with the Navy and Marines bringing up the rear.
Once at the bottom of the Presidio on Soldier Field, Chapman addressed the service members with a congratulatory "well done." He told the service members that at larger installations, the Commandant's run can consist of more than 20,000 runners, making this run look small with its 3,000 runners. Chapman also pledged to host more Commandant's runs in the near future, possibly in May and July.
Story and Photo Credits
Story by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs
Photo 1: DLIFLC Commandant, Col. David Chapman leads the way during the Commandant's Run at the Presidio of Monterey, Wednesday Feb.18, 2015. (Photo by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs)
Photo 2: Army's 229th winding their way through the Presidio of Monterey on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (Photo by Michael Beaton, POM Public Affairs)