MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO -- Service members and civilians aboard the depot participated in the annual Marine Corps Community Services Turkey Trot, a five kilometer fun run, Friday.
Members of the Veterans Village of San Diego volunteered to help with the day’s preparation of pre-registration, registration and controlling the lanes at the finish line.
The veterans volunteer for as many community service events as they can, said Gary Parker, director of volunteer services, Veterans Village of San Diego. Parker, a native of San Diego, said they like to get out and let people know they are willing to help.
"We like to do anything that shows our support for the community and our service members," said Willie Biros, volunteer. "It is important to provide moral support to our troops, especially during the holiday season. It’s a team effort, and I’m just glad to be a part of the team."
Jeremy Brown, the Marine Corps athlete of the year and recent drill instructor here, won first overall with a time of 13 minutes and 47 seconds. Craig Clark of Headquarters and Service Battalion finished second in 14 minutes and 57 seconds and Brad Rusher, 12th Marine Corps District, took third place with a time of 15 minutes and 26 seconds.
Catalina Szilvagli was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 18 minutes and 17 seconds, and 11-year-old Deven Walter was the first child to finish the race in 18 minutes and 47 seconds.
After the race, participants enjoyed free music, food and drinks. Prizes ranging from gift certificates for the Marine Corps Exchange to a $400 camcorder were also raffled off to the runners.
Members of the Veterans Village of San Diego plan to help out with the MCCS St. Patrick’s Day fun run next March.