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Naval Air Force Atlantic Sailors ‘Lace Up’ for a Fun Run at Mount Trashmore Park

by Ensign Hannah Smith
06 July 2023 A group of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) Sailors laced up their sneakers for a morning of physical fitness for a Chief’s Mess coordinated Fun Run at Mount Trashmore Park on June 30.
Sailors in physical training gear stand in a crowd
SLIDESHOW | 10 images | CNAL Chiefs Run Virginia Beach, Va. (Jun. 30, 2023) - Force Master Chief Jimmy Hailey, assigned to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL), speaks to Sailors during the CNAL Chief’s Run at Mount Trashmore Park Virginia Beach, Va., June 30. This run was hosted as an event to encourage comradery amongst CNAL Sailors and their Chiefs. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bonnie Lindsay)

Approximately 40 Sailors were in attendance for this event. The Sailors started the morning with group warm-up exercises before beginning to run around the park’s perimeter. The event focused on comradery among Sailors and their Chiefs while promoting physical fitness.

“[I enjoy] being able to get out of the office and build relationships with people in my division,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Kris McCracken.

The run started on the east side of the park, looped around Lake Trashmore, and finished on top of Mount Trashmore. In total, the group ran approximately two miles. Sailors’ families and dogs were even present for the run enhancing the morning of connectivity. 

“The important stuff couldn’t happen without each and every one of you [Sailors],” said CNAL Force Master Chief (FORCM) Jimmy W. Hailey III to the group after completing the run. “Don’t forget that.”

Hailey concluded the event by thanking the attendees for being there and encouraging them to enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.

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