Color Run 2016

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  • By SrA Russell S. McMillan
  • Team March

Nearly 25 members of Team March and their families attended the 3rd annual 5K Color Run at the old track here Aug. 21. The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s Rising Six planned, organized and implemented the free event.


The annual event originally began as a way to increase participation in healthy activities and boost base morale, said Senior Airman Rene McKinney, secretary for the Rising Six, crew chief for the 452nd aircraft maintenance squadron and trainer with the Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard. The event is also an opportunity for raising funds for junior enlisted Airmen to attend the base’s military ball.


Participants began the event by checking in and receiving a small container of dyed powder that comes in a variety of colors. The runners typically throw the colored powder in the air during the beginning of the run or at one another.


“It’s about the fun, sun and camaraderie,” said TSgt. Rico Penaranda, morale, welfare and recreation supervisor, 452nd Force Support Squadron. “It’s a well-organized event. This is my third time coming.”


“It’s about the family, our outstanding people,” echoed Maj. Cleddhy Arellano, assistant chief nurse, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron.


The many months of planning to bring the Color Run to both unit training assemblies was provided by the 452nd AMW Rising Six members. The volunteer-based group was formed in 2009 and is comprised of junior enlisted airmen and junior non-commissioned officers focused on increasing camaraderie and providing professional development opportunities for the enlisted force.


Airmen interested in participating in planning future events or joining the Rising Six are encouraged to send a unit representative to their scheduled meetings. Meetings are in the Daedalion Room at the Hap Arnold Club from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. during both the A and B UTA weekends.


“It’s a great group and you like to see that from your younger airmen,” said MSgt. Darryl Willingham, 1st Sgt. for the 452nd ASTS.


 “Come to the meetings, bring your ideas and let’s take Rising Six to the next level,” said McKinney.

Members of Team March start the third annual color run in traditional fashion, here at March Air Reserve Base California.