Runners at the start of the Color Run on Friday morning. There were 155 participants. Photo courtesy of Richard Pulignani

Color Run — Burst of color, fun, dreams for JBM-HH participants

The outside of the Myer Fitness Center held remnants from green, purple, blue and pink powder from the Red, White and Blue Color Run on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Friday morning that allowed people to follow their dreams and have fun.

JBM-HH’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate hosted the Color Run that included 155 participants. Richard Pulignani was the orchestrator of the event and he said it was meant to allow everyone to have fun. He also said, it was a way to celebrate July 4 as well. He said for the week of July 4 most people are off base, and that is why he had the run after July 4.

The participants included the youth as well.

Quinn Plummer, a participant in the race, received a medal after the run for first place male 11 and under. He has been running since he was 7 years old, and he tries to run in 13-14 races a year on JBM-HH. This was not his first color run.

“I like getting hit with the colors and its fun,” Plummer said.

JBM-HH Lt. Col. Vance Brunner, the battalion commander of the Headquarters Command Battalion, participated in the run, his first since his change of command in June.

“I ran to motivate my Soldiers,” Brunner said.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jay Grow, the commander sergeant major of Headquarters Command Battalion, was also in attendance.

“Unit cohesion … builds a team of teams,” Grow said.

While others ran the race purely for fun, Spc. Promotable Hector Ortiz ran to continue to pursue his dreams.

“I did the run for physical readiness and motivation to keep doing a good job,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz said he once weighed 240 pounds and wanted to get in the Army to make a change in his life. He said he became determined and motivated.

“My determination and personal courage helped me to pursue my dreams and made a difference in my life,” Ortiz said.

This was Ortiz’s first competitive run and it allowed him to stay physically ready. One of the things that interested him about joining the Army was culture and physicality.

“The opportunity to learn from other cultures, the opportunity that gives you to maintain yourself physical ready, it made me decide to join the Army for a better professional and personal future,” Ortiz said.

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