The largest crowd ever turned out for the Month of the Military Child 2K Family Color Fun Run
that started at the main post chapel and ended at the APG North (Aberdeen) youth center April 22. About 800 people preregistered for the event, but organizers estimated more than that showed up.
“It’s a popular event and every year we try to make it better,’ said Stacy Umbarger, APG school liaison and lead organizer. “We try to honor children and families and this is our way of doing it.”
Runners and walkers included Soldiers, civilians, retiree, family members, retirees and guests.
The event included a pep talk by APG Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor and CECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew McCoy prior to the fun run. Garrison Commander Col. James E. Davis and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Toese J. Tia Jr. also participated in the run.
A variety of family fun activities at the youth center followed the run. The Directorate of Emergency Services showcased static and vehicle displays for children and parents to explore. Child and Youth Services offered arts and crafts activities. A variety of installation organizations, including Army Community Service; Morale, Welfare & Recreation; Outdoor Recreation; the APG Community Spouses Club; and the Army Wellness Center, also offered information about services for children and families. The event was catered by First Sgt’s Barbecue.
Observed every April since 1986, Month of the Military Child celebrates the contributions, courage and patriotism of the U.S. military community’s youngest members.