Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Morale Welfare & Recreation (MWR) 5th Annual “Run to Honor 5K” Aberdeen, MD April 6, 2024

The Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator Michael Farlow and MWR leaders held their 5th Annual Run To Honor 5K Run/Walk.  Gold Star family members, military members, veterans and the community were invited to join them for their Honor Ceremony and to participate in their Run/Walk.  This year was the first live walk/ run after the 2020 Covid pandemic.  MWR offered both live and a virtual option. MD Chapter mothers formed a team.  Janice Chance and Donna Robinson attended the live event. Janice participated in the walk and Donna decided to be an unofficial cheerleader. (Smile).  Yvonne Green, Julie El Taher, and Theresa Karlson participated virtually.  They were a total of 483 runners registered for the event.  297 were in person and 186 were virtual.   There were also other Gold Star family members that participated.  A short Honor ceremony was conducted prior to the start of the run/walk.  Garrison Commander COL Philip Mundweil provided remarks at the event. Gold Star Spouse CSM (Ret) Martin Angulo also spoke. He encouraged the participants and shared what the run meant to him, his daughters and other Gold Star Family members.  The walk started and ended at Shore Park. Pictures of fallen heroes were placed along the path to the APG Fallen Heroes Memorial which was the halfway point.  Garrison CSM Paul Denson was also in attendance and participated in the run along with Gold Stars families.  After the run/walk medals and certificates were given to the top three male and female runners and to participants by age categories. Following are some of the Gold Star family members that received medals

CSM Martin finished 2nd

Valentina Angulo- #2 Overall Female Winner

Ariana Porto- #3 Female in the 10-14 age group

Oliviana Angulo- #1 Female in the 20-29 age group

Gold Star Mom Janice Chance- #2 Female in the 70 & over group.

After the race fruit and water was provided for the participants.  Some of the participants stayed around after the event for a time of fellowship.  Although it was a chilly and windy morning it did not hinder the participants.  Many of the participants expressed that they were grateful that they were able to participate in Honor of fallen heroes and Gold Star families.