140312-N-ZZ999-059 SAN DIEGO -  (March 12, 2014) A group of 10 officers, chief petty officers and junior Sailors from the guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) took part in the St. Patrick's Day 5K Run at Naval Base San Diego, March 12.  The event was sponsored by Navy Region Southwest Morale, Welfare and Recreation.  (Official U.S. Navy photo)
USS Russell Well-Represented at St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race 
SAN DIEGO – A group of 10 officers, chief petty officers, and sailors from the guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) participated in the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race at Naval Base San Diego, March 12.

The event was hosted by Commander, Navy Region Southwest Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) personnel who awarded prizes for top finishers and group participants.

“This event represented an excellent opportunity to recognize the importance of physical training, and to do so in a fun, competitive environment,” said Cmdr. James Harney, Russell’s commanding officer who encouraged all of his Sailors to participate.

With a finish time of 21:15 for the 5K, Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Nicholas Amodeo was the first Russell Sailor from the group to cross the finish line.

“This was a perfect day for running! The weather was sunny and in the high 60’s,” said Amodeo, who is also the ship’s command fitness coordinator. “Encouraging the entire command to participate in this event was a great idea and I hope it’s something that we will continue to do as the year progresses.”

Other Russell crew members said they also enjoyed taking part in the MWR event.

“Today’s event was a resounding success,” said Lt. Christina Humphries, Russell’s weapons officer. “More than 700 Sailors and their family members participated; enough for the event organizers to even run out of race t-shirts.”

The event concluded with a raffle in which multiple prizes were given away, including trips for five to Legoland and a local massage therapy company.

Russell is currently undergoing a 12-month, $70 million Extended Dry Dock Selective Restrictive Availability at the BAE Shipyard in San Diego. Russell is assigned as part of Destroyer Squadron 1.
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