Nate’s Run: Run in freedom, for freedom
By PA1 Tasha Tully
The 5th Annual Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run was held at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore April 27. More than 80 people participated in the five-kilometer event in honor of Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal. Bruckenthal was killed in Iraq in 2004.
|Matt Franco, of Baltimore, leads the pack of participants during the|
Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore,
April 27, 2013.
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Masaschi
Each year the event is coordinated by the Coast Guard Yard’s Morale, Well-being and Recreation Program, the Chief Warrant Officers Association, the Chief Petty Officers Association, the Coast Guard Enlisted Association and the Greater Baltimore Area Coast Guard Spouses Association.
“This is the second year in a row that we have brought a group from [Coast Guard] Station Philadelphia,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Lennox, a maritime enforcement specialist.
“Though I didn’t know Nate, I worked in the same unit that he did in Miami and I feel like I had to come to honor him.”
Awards and prizes were given to the top two male and female finishers in the following age categories: 15 & under, 16-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. The best overall times for male and female runners will have their name placed on a plaque in the Coast Guard Yard Galley.
“I came to support a good cause,” said overall winner Matt Franco of Baltimore. “It is a nice event every year.”
All proceeds from the run will go to support Nate’s Open Door, a non-profit baby pantry that helps military members and civilian employees in the Baltimore area.
U.S. Coast Guard