Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville’s flight line closed briefly June 21 as nearly 200 runners participated in the third annual 2018 Runway 5K. NAS Jacksonville Air Operations closes the flight line each year to commemorate the 2016 re-opening of the newly renovated runway. 

Racers watched the sunrise bright and early over the runway and then took off down the flight line at 7 a.m. Eighteen-year-old Dane Barber was the first runner to cross the finish line as the top overall male with a time of 17:21. Shannon McPherson placed as top female overall with a time of 21:15. Top place medals were awarded by NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Connor. 

Representatives from First Command also gave away Lintelek smart bands and a Fitbit Charge 2 heart rate and fitness wristband to three lucky winners. Attendees also enjoyed free pairs of Dr. Scholl’s boot and shoe comfort insoles from Support Our Troops, and free beverages from Natalie’s Orchid Juice Company. Another Runway 5K sponsor was USAA.

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