Northwest Sailors Rock the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

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Story Number: NNS140623-07Release Date: 6/23/2014 8:27:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Blees, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest

SEATTLE (NNS) -- Sailors around Navy Region Northwest participated in Seattle's Rock 'n' Roll marathon and half marathon June 21.

The raced kicked off at 7 a.m., and runners were let loose in 36 separate waves. Among the more than 18,000 runners, were Navy Sailors of varying degrees of long distance running experience.

"The Seattle Rock 'n' Roll is very inspirational," said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Arne Marin, assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton. "The course goes through some of the most scenic areas in Seattle. Plus, this is most probably my last time to do it before I transfer to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma."

Marin was the driving force behind Naval Hospital Bremerton's Corpsmen Remembrance Run that was held on June 7. The run not only honored all corpsmen who have served since the rating officially came into being in 1898, but also those corpsmen who were killed in action supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as any currently deployed corpsman or a Purple Heart recipient on the staff.

The Rock 'n' Roll marathon first debuted in San Diego in 1998. The race offers a blend of endurance event with the thrill of live concerts along the route.

"My group has been training together since January," said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Jason Thibodeaux, assigned to the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). "We go out there together and motivate each other to succeed."

Also from John C. Stennis, Senior Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Rozy Castellanos said that after a car accident early on in her Navy career that she was told she'd never be able to run again.

"Twenty-two years later, I'm running my first half marathon."

The Rock 'n' Roll marathon features more than 20 live bands playing at one time along its course. Among those groups was Navy Band Northwest's group 'Passage' keeping runners motivated near the end of the race.

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