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    RIMPAC 5K Brings Together International Runners

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI, UNITED STATES

    07.02.2014

    Courtesy Story

    Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet         

    By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak
    USS Peleliu Public Affairs

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - More than 700 participants from various nations competed in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 5K run at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 2.

    The run was coordinated by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office in Hawaii. The RIMPAC 5K run is one of many sporting events organized by MWR. Other sporting events included soccer, softball, volleyball, and tennis.

    “It is exciting to see all the nations come together for this run,” said MWR Athletic Program Director Rodney Gouveia. “This is the largest 5K run we have ever put together.”

    According to Gouveia the number of runners increased from 520 during RIMPAC 2012 to 745 this year.

    “You could say that this 5K is a RIMPAC tradition,” said Gouveia. “I am really excited to see this event continue to grow.”

    RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, which is held between June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This run gave the participants an opportunity to get outside and run together.

    “This is fun,” said Lt. Mauricio Doren from Chilean navy. “Running is good for maintaining good shape. I really like all of the sporting events during RIMPAC and the healthy competition that the countries provide.”

    While waiting for the results and the presentation of plaques, participants were offered refreshments and t-shirts as they took photos and talked with each other.

    “I enjoyed spending time with the Sailors from other nations. I am trying to learn something about different cultures, and it is amazing how we can all compete and work together,” said Electronics Technician 1st Class Joshua Argo, assigned to the Los-Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763).

    The champion of the race was Petty Officer 2nd Class Yatsuka Takenouchi, assigned to the Japanese Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JDS Ise (DDH-182), who completed the run in 15 minutes and 29 seconds.

    For a full list of winners and a list of upcoming events please visit www.greatlifehawaii.com

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    Date Taken: 07.02.2014
    Date Posted: 07.04.2014 17:26
    Story ID: 135328
    Location: JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI, US 

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