Arabian Gulf -- Guided-missile Destroyer USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) conducted the first annual BENFOLD 100 Cable Run in support of Wounded Warrior Project.
Thirty eight BENFOLD Sailors toughed out the 100 degree temperature of the Arabian Gulf for the event, which consisted of 100 laps around the topside deck called “Valor Stadium”.
The 100 laps around “Valor Stadium” is the equivalent of 12.5 miles. In total, the thirty eight runners ran over 400 miles in three hours and raised over $8,000.
BENFOLD’s Command Fitness Leader, LTJG Alli Hamel, was the coordinator for the event. “I couldn’t be happier with such an amazing turn out by our crew. The time they put in to make this event happen and raise the amount of money we contributed for such a good cause is why I’m so excited to be a part of Team BENFOLD,” said Hamel.
BENFOLD’s Commanding Officer, CDR Dave Oden, expressed his gratitude toward those Sailors who ran the event. “BENFOLD’s crew has again surpassed any expectation I have for them. This was a great event! I could not be more proud of the impact we had on raising money for our veterans who have sacrificed for our country over the past decade,” said Oden.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that honors and empowers wounded veterans by offering special programs, aid and raise awareness to the public on the needs of veterans.
BENFOLD is an Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer and serves as one of the Navy’s premier Ballistic Missile Defense ships in the Pacific. BENFOLD is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.