KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade hosted the Zombie 5K Fun Run on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 17.
More than 750 servicemembers and civilians showed their support by participating in the free fun run.
“It was great to see how many people showed up to do this event,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Staton, data system interpreter, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th CAB, originally from Woodbridge, Va. “We wanted to do a 5K run that was different from the other 5K runs hosted here. We wanted to get people out of their rooms and enjoy themselves in a completely free fun run.”
This is the sixth run hosted by the 25th CAB. At least 500 people have participated in each of the hosted runs. Some have sent emails to Staton wondering about the next 25th CAB fun run.
“We have several people that are dedicated to participating in our events,” Staton said. “We have people that sign up for our fun runs that are new to running in the 5K events.”
Staton and Staff Sgt. Andrew Creaser, satellite communication operations noncommissioned officer, HHC, 25th CAB, a native of Brandon, Flo., came up with the idea of hosting 5K fun runs after participating in various other 5K events on KAF.
One of the fun runs hosted by the CAB was a Pink Ribbon Run.
“I wanted to do that event because I have two family members who have breast cancer,” Creaser said. “It was nice to be able to help them and other women by raising funds to fight breast cancer.”
After a successful completion of the Zombie 5K Run, Staton and Creaser are planning hosting a Remembrance/Christmas 5K Run at the beginning of December.