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A spouse of a Marine with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, throws colored cornstarch on runners during a battalion-wide 5k color run aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 2, 2016. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Levi Schultz/Released)

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1/7 pushes through color run

9 Sep 2016 | Cpl. Levi Schultz Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Donning pristine white T-shirts, Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, added some color to their morning physical fitness routine with a battalion-wide 5k color run aboard the Combat Center, Sept. 2, 2016.

The battalion organized the run to promote camaraderie and brotherhood amongst a unit that is essential in winning battles while simultaneously involving family memebers who participated by throwing bio-degradable colored cornstarch at the service members as they ran. The course took more than 200 runners along Gillespie Road where they ran in a formation and took turns singing cadence.

“We held the color run to spice up the battalion PT right before a [holiday liberty period],” said Mary Freese, family readiness officer, 1/7. “It is something families can get involved in to show how much they support the Marines.”

According to Freese, providing the Marines and families with new and fun activities is essential to improving morale within the battalion.

“I think it’s a great event for everyone to come out and volunteer for,” said Whitney Wetherill, 1/7 spouse. “I believe it’s important to volunteer for battalion events to let the Marines know we support them.”

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