Marines, Sailors, family members and friends competed in the first race of the Trifecta Series on Marine Corps Air Station New River, Feb. 11.

Over 600 hundred people raced in the 12K Endurance Challenge hosted by Marine Corps Community Services.

"You don’t have to be an avid runner to take part in these races," said Mary Troja, Camp Lejeune – New River MCCS fitness branch head. "This is all about making memories, having fun and building camaraderie and friendship."

The trail began outside the AS-4400 fitness center aboard New River and travelled down the road before veering off to the side and down a dirt path. The bike path lead to a turn around that took runners to the finish line not far from the starting point.

"This is an opportunity for the Air Station, MCCS and the community," said Col. Russell Burton, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station New River. "This venue is another opportunity for Marines and our community to come out and share in some camaraderie and work on our physical fitness at the same time."

Race victors were determined by select age groups. Groups that raced together also competed for a first place victory.

"People should sign up to do this and not be reluctant or scared that you might not finish at good time," said Staff Sgt. Donna Reed, a maintenance management chief with Combat Logistic Battalion 22. "This kind of running is about helping to build up Esprit de Corps and helping people come together."