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Reviews US Navy Seabees 5K 2008

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By Jake Mcilvaine

The 16th Annual US Navy Seabee 5K was held Saturday, 2 February 2008, on Naval Station Pearl Harbor.  The 3.1 mile course, opened to everyone, offered the public a unique opportunity to run along the piers and experience a living part of the country’s history.  This year’s race drew over two hundred competitors representing all the branches of the military as well as runners from Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa, New York, and California.  The winning time of 17:02 was turned in by Mr. Ashely Dustow of Honolulu with Ms. Cathryn Acklin of Honolulu turning in the fastest time for the females at 20:05.  Eight participants under the age of twelve finished the race, including the youngest runner, five-year-old Iliana Chenarak of Kaneohe.  All participants received a shirt with plaques being awarded to age group winners.  In addition to plaques, the overall winners received complimentary tickets to the Seabee Ball, a social event on Waikiki that celebrates the rich traditions of the Seabee community attended by   .  The race was held in honor of the Seabees stationed in Hawaii and deployed throughout the world.  It was a great, family-friendly event with some amazing competition that will continue next year with the 17th Annual US Navy Seabee 5K.

Seabees are the Navy’s contingent engineering force. Working closely with the Marine Corps, Seabee Battalions are deployed throughout the world, performing combat zone construction and providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.  The Seabees were created during World War II when the need for skilled and experienced construction workers capable of defending themselves was recognized in the Island Hopping Campaign of the Pacific Theater.

Last Updated: February 2, 2008