Navy holding Deer Run on Indian Island July 25



Navy holding Deer Run on Indian Island July 25


PORT HADLOCK, Wash. - The Navy is holding Deer Run again at Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island July 25.

"This event allows you to run or walk through some beautiful forested areas on Indian Island," said Cmdr. Nick Vande Griend, NAVMAG Indian Island commanding officer. "Thanks to the Navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation sports and fitness program team, we are happy to be able to hold this great fitness event on base again this year."

Last year, more than 140 people participated in Deer Run.

Beginning at 10 a.m., participants of all ages will run and walk their way on a 5-Kilometer (3.10 miles) terrain course through forested area on the southern end of Indian Island. There is also a one-mile course on paved roads available, which is ideal for young children, participants with special needs or those with strollers or pets. 

 "Even though Deer Run is held primarily for military personnel as a fun way to keep active and be healthy, the community more than welcome to participate in the run too," said Vande Griend. "It makes this fun run that much better to be able to spend it with our friends and neighbors."

Those wishing to participate in Deer Run can register online or in person at any local MWR facility. Registration will be available on-site on the day of event from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Online registration can be done on by searching for "Deer Run" in Port Hadlock, Wash. Dept. of Defense-affiliated personnel that are eligible for MWR programs may register on using MyFFR activity number 623400. Eligible MWR patrons include active duty military, full-time reservists, Dept. of Defense civilians, and military retirees and family members.

The entry fee is $20 with a t-shirt, or $15 without a t-shirt. For participants ages 16 and under, the fee is $15 with a t-shirt, and free without a t-shirt. There is no guarantee that all participants will receive a t-shirt so those interested are encouraged to register early.

Registered participants will be able to enter the main gate at NAVMAG Indian Island starting at 8 a.m. Valid picture identification is required for entry and photography is not permitted on the base.

Deer Run was revived by the Navy base and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) in 2011 as a terrain run through part of Indian Island's forests, making it unique to NAVMAG Indian Island. Budget shortfalls due to sequestration have forced the Navy and other military services to cut back on formal community outreach programs starting in 2013. However, Deer Run is first and foremost an MWR sports and fitness event, which is important for personnel in maintaining physical readiness.



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