Cardiac Run sparks Valentine’s Day spirit in 2nd Medical Bn.
By Cpl. Devin Nichols
| | February 14, 2014
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day, is mostly identified for
the exchange of greeting cards, flowers and even chocolate. Significant others
are always cherished and recognized for this day of love.
approximately 118 Marines and sailors with 2nd Medical Battalion, Combat
Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group came together to celebrate
this Valentine’s Day a little differently.
In the cold morning mist,
service members gathered at Soiffert Field Feb. 14 here, wearing red tops to
show support for the Cardiac Run and Valentine’s Day.
sailors were wearing red to promote a healthy heart,” said U.S. Navy Capt.
Michael A. Sokolowski, the commanding officer of the battalion. “A lot of us
forget that our spouses make a significant sacrifice and they support us, so we
wanted to promote a healthier lifestyle and show our support to our family
members for Valentine’s Day.”
Service members formed up into three
companies and ran approximately three miles starting at Soiffert field, running
to the 2nd MLG Headquarters and back.
“I think some people were surprised
when we ran to the 2nd MLG building to ring the bell and see us in red,” said
Sokolowski, a Fulton, Mich., native.
The day prior to the run, the
battalion performed a safety stand-down in preparation for the President’s Day
weekend. They also invited a nutritionist came in to talk about healthy
lifestyles and promoting healthy eating habits.
“It was a unique idea
and it was pretty cool that we are doing this,” said Lance Cpl. Stevon J.
Coleman, a Des Moines, Iowa native and a supply clerk with Headquarter and
Support Company, 2nd Medical Bn., 2nd MLG.
These kind of events motivate
Marines and sailors to run faster and to be a part of the event, said
Sokolowski. “They really enjoy doing this and working together, and I am just
extremely proud of them. You couldn’t ask for any better