Families run to raise awareness
CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers running on the streets of any military installation is a normal occurrence. On April 14, Camp Casey added a handful of bicycles, a sprinkling of strollers, and several hundred Soldiers and family members to the mix and came up with the 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 30K Bike Ride to support the Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
"This is one of the prevention and awareness activities going on this month," said Brenda McCall, the Area I family advocacy program manager.
"At all our events we have stuff to teach families. Today we have our Parent's Pledge."
The pledge sheet has 10 simple statements that the parents agree to by signing it.
Two of the pledge items are promises to set a good example for their children and to respect their children even if they don't agree with them.
"It shows the parent's commitment to be good parents to their kids," said McCall.
One set of parents who signed a pledge were Terry and Jessica Hill. They then took to the Casey streets with their three children for the 5K.
"We wanted to do something as a family and this was a great opportunity," said Jessica. The Hills were joined on the 5K by their daughters, 10-yearold Brianda and 6-year-old Chyenne.
Three-month-old Logan got the easy part of the Saturday morning as mom and dad pushed him in his stroller.
"I want to get the kids out of the house and doing stuff," said Terry. "They don't need to sit at home all the time and be couch potatoes and do nothing but play video games."
Terry said that he grew up playing sports -- football and baseball -- and wants his kids to have the same experiences that he had. Brianda plays softball while her sister is into T-ball.
"We not only made this a family thing," said Jessica. "But, we also made it a friend thing."
The couple was able to talk some of their neighbors into joining them on the course. Their entourage included another couple and their two kids and a neighbor who left her husband and kids sleeping at home to run.
The Hills' goal is to complete a 10K together before the end of the summer.
"The fun runs we have throughout the year are a good thing," said McCall. "They are a great way to spend time with your family and at the same time get some exercise."
Results of the day's events were not readily available from Warrior Country Sports.