More than 40 runners turned it on in the name of energy conservation — and the Navy’s birthday — as Morale, Welfare and Receation hosted the 5K Energy Awareness and Navy Birthday 5K Run Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Beehive Gym, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme.
An October 5K in the name of energy awareness has become a base tradition, but with this year’s event scheduled so close to the Navy’s 237th birthday Oct. 13, it was decided to rename the run.
There were no birthday prizes, but as he does every year, NBVC Energy Manager Tom Santoianni gave out gift bags to the first three men and women crossing the finish line.
The prize-winning men were Builder 2nd Class Chris Guzman of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, who finished first with a time of 18:59; Electronics Technician 1st Class Eric Youngstrom with Air Operations at NBVC Point Mugu, who finished second in 20:45; and Electronics Technician 2nd Class Peter Geier, also of Point Mugu Air Operations, with a time of 21:07.
The prize-winning women were Belia Cook of Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, who finished first in 21:25; Norma Santiago, whose husband is Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Santiago, the executive officer of Naval Construction Training Center and who finished in 22:37; and Kelly Coughlan, whose husband is Lt. Seth McGuire, the executive officer of Underwater Construction Team 2 and who finished in 25:59.
Race organizer Amanda Haskell pointed out that the weather for this year’s run was much more pleasant than last year when a heat wave hit and an “energy event” was called shortly after the race ended. Everyone went back to their offices and turned off all non-essential electrical devices until 8 p.m. to ease the load on the state’s electrical grid and avoid rolling blackouts.
“That may have fit with the theme,” she said, “but this year is a lot nicer.”
Santoianni brought a table laden with free mug holders, rulers, pens, sticky notes and notebooks, all carrying energy-conservation tips.
“I’m hoping people will pick up some of this stuff, read something new and think, ‘Oh yeah, this is a good way to save energy. I’ve never thought of that before,’” he said.
The next 5K lunchtime run is the Turkey Trot, set for Nov. 15 at NBVC Port Hueneme.