|At the annual 10-miler are (from l) Lt. Jennifer Freiman, Lt. Shane Decker, Capt. Shelley Hoogstraten-Miller and Cdr. Evan Shukan. At right, acting surgeon general Radm. Boris Lushniak carries a PHS flag on the run.
Recently, 35,000 runners—approximately 240 of them representing the Public Health Service—ran in the 30th annual Army Ten-Miler. Officers came from all over the country, with a large contingent representing NIH. The officers carried 10 PHS flags as they ran the course through downtown D.C. The Commissioned Corps effort was coordinated by two NIH’ers, Capt. Shelley Hoogstraten-Miller and Cdr. Evan Shukan, with assistance from two organizers-in-training, Lt. Jen Freiman and Lt. Shane Deckert. Not only were they responsible for coordinating the runners, they also ensured there were cheering squads representing PHS at sites along the route. They also organized a Hooah tent for after the race and a post-race debriefing. Those who ran also had the honor of striding alongside acting surgeon general Radm. Boris Lushniak and two other flag officers, Radm. Newton Kendig and Radm. Sarah Linde.
The day began before daybreak outside the Pentagon. Many NIH Commissioned Corp officers used the opportunity to engage in physical activity and demonstrate healthy living. Lushniak provided motivational words about putting into action the surgeon general’s fitness team initiative. As the sun rose, the first waves of runners—reserved for Wounded Warriors—began the race. All proceeds from the race go to benefit Soldier MWR programs. Some PHS officers also wore placards honoring Lcdr. Yves Brian Parker, who recently passed away.—Cara Kenney