Tarawa Terrace Community Center

Jacquetta Ahmad (left) and Vanessa Hernandez run in the Family Fun Run at the Tarawa Terrace Community Center on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jan. 5.

A cool January morning wasn’t about to put a chill in Kennedy Reilly. The youngster was getting to do two things she enjoys — run and spend time with her father.

She was among the dozens of people to participate in the Family Fun Run Jan. 5 at the Tarawa Terrace Community Center on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

“I came out today because I love running,” said Reilly. “This is my second time running with my dad and I think it is amazing that all of these people came out here today.”

The Family Fun Run carried a theme — “New Year, New You” — with the focus on starting 2019 with a good sense of fitness, morale and fun.

“I think the Family Fun Runs are great for people to meet their neighbors with everyone having busy lives,” said Michelle Wilson, recreation specialist supervisor at Tarawa Terrace Community Center. “The runs give everyone a chance to come together as a community and have some fun.”

The runs give service members and their families a chance to enjoy time together and relax while maintaining fitness.

“Aimee Guarneo (Marine Corps Community Service recreational specialist) comes up with the themes for the runs based off the holidays that are going on during the year,” said Wilson. “The runs are a great way for the families of service members to have a chance to be part of the military life.”

A key component of the races are the volunteers who donate time to support the runners.

“I love the atmosphere and morale at these runs with all of the families out here,” said Satima Davis, an event volunteer. “I think the Family Fun Runs are great for all branches of the military. I am part of the United States Navy and there are a lot of Marines out here. This is a great opportunity to meet new Marines and people who enjoy giving back to the community.”

The next Family Fun Run is slated for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2 with the theme called “Coo Coo for Cocoa” for individuals who love chocolate.