Coast Guard Yard hosts Fifth Annual Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run

5th Coast Guard District News
by Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Tasha Tully

BALTIMORE – The Fifth Annual Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run was held at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore Saturday, April 27. More than 80 people participated in the five-kilometer event in honor of Coast Guardsman Nathan Bruckenthal. Bruckenthal was killed in Iraq in 2004.

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.

Coast Guard Yard hosts Fifth Annual Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run

Matt Franco, of Baltimore, crosses the finish line first during the Fifth Annual Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, April 27, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tasha Tully)

“This is the second year in a row that we have brought a group from (Coast Guard) Station Philadelphia,” said Petty Officer First Class Michael Lennox. “Though I didn’t know Nate (Bruckenthal), 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.

 

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