Rock & Represent
At every Rock ‘n’ Roll start line thousands of runners join each other to take part in an incredible event, accomplishing amazing goals. Each of our fellow runners has a story to tell that brings them to that start line. This year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle will be hosting seven Sailors from the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Senior Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate | Rozy Castellanos
Castellanos said running in this event is a way to commemorate the milestone of turning 40. “Right after I joined the Navy I was in a car accident,” said Castellanos. “I was told I wouldn’t be able to run anymore. Twenty-two years later I’m posting some of my best PRT times and running a half marathon.”
Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class | Krystal Perez
“Running gives me the opportunity to relieve stress while spending time with my daughter,” said Perez. Perez said she and her daughter have run several 5k events, and are planning to run a 10k event in the near future.
Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman |Jason Thibodeaux
Thibodeaux said he enjoys the comradely that comes from running with a group of people. “My group has been training together since January,” said Thibodeaux. “We go out there together and motivate each other to succeed.”
“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle is very inspirational. The course goes through some of the most scenic areas in Seattle. Plus, this is most probably my last time to do it before I transfer to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma,” said Hospital Corpsman Senior Chief Arne Marin, who also recently completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon that was the unofficial kickoff of the annual Portland Rose Festival.
Marin is also the driving force behind Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Corpsmen Remembrance Run that was held on June 7 that not only honored all corpsmen who have served since the rating officially came into being in 1898, but also those corpsmen who were killed in action supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as any currently deployed corpsman or a Purple Heart recipient on the staff. The goal of runners was to collectively log 116 miles for to commemorate the 116th birthday of the Hospital Corps. A total of 53 runners almost doubled that amount by finishing up with 305 total miles.
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