DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. – Enthusiastic racers experienced uncharacteristically hilly terrain and warm weather at this year’s Falcon 5K run here Oct. 15.
A milestone was reached as this marked the fifth annual event hosted by the Dobbins Top 3, an organization consisting of senior enlisted leaders who take care of Airmen around Dobbins by promoting events such as this.
“This event is the Top 3 signature event for raising funds for Dobbins Airmen in need,” said Senior Master Sgt. Engle Coulter, 94th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent. “This 5K also promotes fitness for the fit-to-fight program, encourages team building, and helps Airmen maintain physical fitness standards.”
Runners said they enjoyed the new layout of the run this year. The usual course on the flightline was changed to a road route that at times included rolling and steep hills.
“I enjoyed the new route because of the additional challenge of the rolling hills,” said Staff Sgt. David Flynn, 94th Aeromedical Staging Squadron diet technician. “It also gave us a chance to view an area of Dobbins most of us have not seen until the race.”
Flynn took home the first place title once again for the fifth year in a row.
The first female finisher was Amy Butts, a civilian.
The two first place winners were presented medals by Col. Patrick Campbell, 94th Operations Group commander, and Chief Master Sergeant Imelda B. Johnson, 94th Airlift Wing command chief.
This year’s event was also unique as the disc jockey, Jarian Rich, who was responsible for providing the music for the event, was awarded a certificate for his commitment and loyal service to the Falcon 5k events.
The Top 3 plans to continue the tradition with a sixth-annual race next year.