Colorful run celebrates military kids

Sgt. 1st Class David Preciado of the Army Test and Evaluation Command, his spouse Casey and sons Cody, 6, and Jordan , 10, head out on the 2K Family Color Fun Run with hundreds of other families April 22, 2017. | U.S. Army Photo by Yvonne Johnson, APG News

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.

From left, Kerri Scheerer, her son Colton Scheerer, 3, and Jessica Muller of the Directorate of Public Works and her 3-year-old daughter Lauren, pose in front of the Military Kids backdrop at the APG North (Aberdeen) youth center. | U.S. Army Photo by Yvonne Johnson, APG News

“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.

From left, CYS Program Assistant Kirby Kelbaugh and APG Schools Liaison Stacy Umbarger share a light moment with 5-year-old Nathan Waters, the son of Maj. Jason Waters of PEO IEW&S, at the APG North (Aberdeen) youth center. | U.S. Army Photo by Yvonne Johnson, APG News

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.

By Yvonne Johnson, APG News