Reindeer Run brings 2016 run series to a close

Halaina Demba of Odenton finishes first among all women in the final run of the FMWR Run Series on Dec. 10. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

Frigid temperatures and strong winds didn’t deter 201 people from participating in Fort Meade’s Reindeer Run 5K and 1-Mile Walk on Dec. 10 at Murphy Field House.

Runners donned antlers and bells provided by the Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation to show their holiday spirit.

“Fun runs, such as the ones we do here, are a great way to get families and members of the community together,” said Beth Downs, sports specialist for FMWR. “The runs are designed to get everyone out there — from those who are completing their first 5K to the more experienced runners.”

The overall and first-place male winner was Bukhari Abdul-Salaam with a time of 17:37.

The first-place female winner was Halaina Demba at 20:40.

The first- and second-place finishers in each age group received medals. The top overall male and female runners were given the additional prize of an Under Armour long-sleeve shirt.

This was the final event of the 2016 Fort Meade Run Series sponsored by FMWR.

“This year’s series went very well,” Downs said. “The weather impacted more runs this year than in the past such as the rain for the April and May runs, high winds for the October run and the cold temperature for this past run.

“But runners still came out to participate. We saw many returning runners from past years, but also numerous new participants. We hope they continue to participate in future runs.”

The Fort Meade Run Series will start again in April. To participate, check the Fort Meade MWR website in March.

CSevern resident Capt. Phelisha McArthur (left), of Asymmetric Warfare Group, her 2-year-old son Ricky and Sgt. Moana Ameperosa of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion bundle up for the Reindeer Run 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk. (Photo by Steve Ruark)
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