The Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Fitness Department hosted its 13th annual Capt. Chuck Cornett Navy Run 5K/10K April 7 aboard NAS Jacksonville (NAS Jax) in the Navy Exchange (NEX) Convenience Store’s parking lot. More than 300 runners participated in this year’s event, choosing either the 5K or 10K.

The initial run first launched in the 70’s while Cornett served as executive officer for NAS Jax. The run was officially renamed in 2005 to honor Cornett, who carried such a passion for running that he also co-founded the Florida Striders Track Club.

Among the hundreds of runners was NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor, who welcomed all runners, acknowledged appreciation for volunteers, staff members and sponsors. He finished first in his age group for the 5K run.

Awards were given to the top runners in each age and gender group for both the 5K and 10K runs. Prizes were then distributed to race participants and included NEX shoe gift certificates, gift cards to the NEX, passes to Catty Shack Ranch, tickets, T-shirts and dugout certificates from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and a gift basket from Tropical Smoothie Café.

Thank you to our sponsors: Vystar Credit Union, First Command, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Catty Shack Wildlife Ranch, Tropical Smoothie Café, AAFMAA, Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics and the NEX.

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