By Demi M. Cruz

MWR Marketing

The clear blue sky and warm spring weather welcomed more than 430 men, women and children for the 12th Capt. Chuck Cornett Navy Run aboard NAS Jacksonville April 1. 

The run is named for former NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Chuck Cornett who implemented the run while serving as executive officer in the late 1970s.

NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor, a participant in the 10K race, welcomed the large crowd, as well as the members of the Cornett family, who came out to join the 5K run. In attendance were Cornett's son Mike, grandson Robert and great-grandsons Michael and Matthew.

Participants gathered prior to the start of the race to enjoy music, on-site vendors, an athletic apparel sale from at the Navy Exchange, and even a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny.  

Once the morning colors ended, runners prepared themselves and at the sound of the gun, all participants took off from the starting line. A little ways down the route, runners decided whether to follow the 5K or 10K route. As runners and walkers crossed the finish line, they received participation medals.

The first runner to cross the finish line and first male overall for the 5K run was Justin Loyd with a time of 18:17. The first female overall for the 5K run was Kristie Schneider with a time of 22:23. 

The first male overall for the 10K run was Patrick Cooper with an impressive time of 36:59. Following Cooper was John Metzgar coming in at 37:38 and Eric Schneider with a time of 38:10. The first female overall for the 10K run was Miranda Abbas with a time of 43:25. Coming behind Abbas was Lisa Adams with a time of 46:24 and Tracey Bruce with a time of 46:32.

Awards and medals were distributed immediately following the run to all top placers based on run time, age and gender. Many participants stayed behind in hopes of winning any one of the many raffle prizes made available by Navy Run sponsors. Prizes included 15 shoe gift certificates provided by ASICS, tickets to the Catty Shack Wildlife Ranch, Wild Adventures and Alligator Farm, gift baskets from the Navy Exchange and 10 gift bags provided by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Included in the bags were game vouchers, T-shirts, a gift certificate for reserved seating and the ceremonial first pitch for a regular home season game. 

Sponsors included: ASICS, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Vystar Credit Union, Brenau University, First Command, Catty Shack Wildlife Ranch, Wild Adventures, Alligator Farm, and the Navy Exchange.

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