Annual Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins 5K Run forms partnership with Domestic Violence Awareness Walk to put spotlight on issue

With Halloween around the corner, Tyrannosaurus rex, aka Pvt. David Garcia, gives chase to Gumby (poor William Davis) during the Fort Meade Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins 5K Run that began Saturday morning at the Pavilion. (Photo by Nate Pesce)

The start of Halloween festivities at Fort Meade focused on the annual Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins 5K Run on Saturday.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored the seasonal event, which drew about 200 people and began at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion.

For the third year, the installation’s Family Advocacy Program held its annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in partnership with the themed run..

About 45 people attended the 1-mile walk, which was held to support the victims of domestic violence.

Katherine Lamourt, a domestic abuse victim advocate, said the walk is an effort to “walk in the shoes of someone who deals with domestic violence.”

Participants wore purple and white runner’s bibs to show their dedication to the cause.

Purple is worn to symbolize the “bruises from domestic violence,” said Lamourt.

Ghost, Ghouls and Goblins 5K Results:

  • Best overall male runner – Ray Vetter at 18:58
  • Best overall female runner – Alex Szkotnicki at 23:17
  • Second-place male runner – Andrew Sowinski at 19:24
  • Second-place female runner – Nikki Pruett at 23:30
  • Third-place male runner – Hunter Steinau at 20:59
  • Third-place female runner – Beth Tousley at 23:31
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