DLA employees celebrate spring by running Spring Fling 5K Run/Walk

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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Garas 

McNamara Headquarters Complex employees celebrated rising temperatures and the changing season at the Spring Fling 5K Run/Walk April 2.

The warm weather brought out more than 100 participants who ran or walked the 3.1-mile course, which wrapped its way around the HQC and on to Fort Belvoir’s trails.

The top finisher, DLA Energy’s Alexandro Cano, finished the race with a time of 22 minutes, 23 seconds. Erin Hall, from DLA Strategic Materials, was the top female finisher, crossing the finish line in 25:30.

HQC Fitness Center Director Nicholas Hendershot said this race is typically the largest held at the complex throughout the year.

“Whether you are walking or running, this is a great way to bring everyone together and participate,” Hendershot said. “It’s always great to get the workforce together and enjoy the spring weather.”

The popularity of races at the HQC drew repeat runners and newcomers alike.

Navy Lt. Mike Cook, who works in DLA Logistics Operations, said he has participated in previous races.

“The Fitness Center staff does a fantastic job putting this event together,” Cook said. “I think they’re a top-notch staff, and they do a great job.”

Cook said the race was a great team-building event and an excellent opportunity for both military and civilians to participate in physical fitness.

Timothy Weatherspoon, with DLA Energy, said this was his first race at the HQC.

“This is a great opportunity to support the organization and participate in a wonderful event,” Weatherspoon said. “It’s also a great way to get a in a quick workout during lunch.”

Aziz Atakuzi, with DLA Logistics Operations, said events like this help him participate in the Healthy Base Initiative, a Department of Defense-wide program designed to keep civilian and military personnel healthy.

“I believe these kinds of events contribute to the overall well-being of the DLA workforce and increase morale,” Atakuzi said. “It also builds up confidence in people and creates a little bit of a competitive spirit and encourages a healthy lifestyle.”

Hendershot said he believes races like this one grow in popularity because employees have a say in it.

“The HBI often reaches out to the Fitness Center, and we’re happy to help promote fitness to our employees,” Hendershot said. “I think races like this grow in popularity because they’re fun and healthy.

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Erin Hall, with DLA Strategic Materials, charges toward the finish line as the first female finisher with a time of 25 minutes, 30 seconds in the McNamara Headquarters Complex Spring Fling 5k Run/Walk April 2. Photo by Teodora Mocanu

Photo: Start of race
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Runners take off from the starting line of the Spring Fling 5k Run/Walk April 2 at the McNamara Headquarters Complex. Photo by Teodora Mocanu

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Alexandro Cano, with DLA Energy, sprints to the finish line in the Spring Fling 5K Run/Walks April 2 at the McNamara Headquarters Complex. Cano finished first overall with a time of 22 minutes, 23 seconds. Photo by Teodora Mocanu

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