Hundreds of military and civilian community members converged on 14th Street and Middleton Road to compete in Fort Belvoir’s 11th annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program’s 5K Run/Walk, Friday.

This yearly event increases awareness of the problem of sexual assault and harassment in the military and gives the community a chance to learn about the impact and prevention of sexual crimes and support the victims.

Guest speakers and race participants included Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Perry, Garrison CSM.

“This is always a great event, every time we do a 5K run and get out and support,” Greenberg said. “April marks National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and the Department of Defense’s theme this year is ‘Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission.’ During this time, we reaffirm our commitment to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assault in our ranks. We empower survivors and their families and the Army has made significant progress in sexual assault intervention.

“Thanks to the dedication of the SHARP team, the victim advocates, the special victim’s councils and all the other response teams that take on this important role,” Greenberg said. “Today, we gather at this 5K to remind us of our commitment we’ve made to our Soldiers and our Department of the Army civilians. Don’t be a bystander; step up and intervene.”

Runners left the starting line at 7 a.m. and followed a course which ran through a large portion of South Post.

Andrew Stringer, a civilian, was the first to cross the finish line, claiming the first-place title in the men’s open division with a time of 17:56. Maj. Jean Archer, competing for the 249th Engineer Battalion, earned the first-place prize in the women’s open division with a time of 21:31. The 249th Engineers also won the highest participation award.

Perry closed the event by thanking participants for competing in the race and supporting the Army’s SHARP initiative.

For more information about MWR fitness events and programs at Belvoir, visit https://belvoir. armymwr.com. “Thanks to the dedication of the SHARP team, the victim advocates, the special victim’s councils and all the other response teams that take on this important role,” Greenberg said. “Today, we gather at this 5K to remind us of our commitment we’ve made to our Soldiers and our Department of the Army civilians. Don’t be a bystander; step up and intervene.”

Runners left the starting line at 7 a.m. and followed a course which ran through a large portion of South Post.

Andrew Stringer, a civilian, was the first to cross the finish line, claiming the first-place title in the men’s open division with a time of 17:56. Maj. Jean Archer, competing for the 249th Engineer Battalion, earned the first-place prize in the women’s open division with a time of 21:31. The 249th Engineers also won the highest participation award.

Perry closed the event by thanking participants for competing in the race and supporting the Army’s SHARP initiative.

For more information about MWR fitness events and programs at Belvoir, visit https://belvoir. armymwr.com.