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Pease 7k overwhelming success

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD, N.H. -- More than 100 past and present from the New Hampshire Air National Guard community participated in the Pease 7K Road Race to raise more than $5,000 for Pease Kids' Corps and the Pease Minuteman Fund, July 20.

The event, which was for adults and children alike and also featured events for children and a walking portion, began at the Langdon Public Library in Newington, N.H.

"This year's race was a tremendous success," said retired Chief Master Sgt. Brenda Blonigen, Pease 7K Road Race chair. "The funds raised for this event directly impacts Airmen and their families at Pease through morale events."

As part of the event, organizers awarded a trophy to the squadron that had the highest percentage of unit participation. This award was presented to the 260th Air Traffic Control Squadron who had 15 percent of the squadron registered.

The event included a 100-yard dash for children ages 5 and under, and a half-mile dash for children ages 6 to 12-years old. 

"This was a great race and a wonderful opportunity raise needed funds for two programs," said Master Sgt. Martha Gladu, and race coordinator.  

The 5th Annual Pease 7K Road Race is scheduled for July 19. 

"We are very excited to announce that the course is now certified, which allows this race to link with other races," said Blonigen. 

Officials expect as a result of this, participation will increase substantially.
"As a result of the expected high-participation next year, we're going to need help," continued Blonigen. "We will need volunteers on race day to assist with parking, directing runners on the course, water stations and even bike riding the course to assist runners as needed." 

The former command chief went on to recognize the vast amount of work that happens behind the scenes to make this event such a success. 

"It is an honor to be involved with so many highly-motivated people who worked tirelessly to work sponsorship, advertising and donations of food, water and prizes to participants," she said. 

For further information on this year's race or learn how to get involved in next year's race, visit www.Pease7K.org.
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