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Schriever tackles SAAPM inflatable run

Staff Sgt. Nathon Wheat, 379th Space Range Squadron, crawls through a tunnel during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. The base-wide run was hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office to raise awareness about sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Staff Sgt. Nathon Wheat, 379th Space Range Squadron, crawls through a tunnel during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. The base-wide run was hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office to raise awareness about sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Kristin DuMond, 50th Space Communications Squadron, leaps through an inflatable pendulum gauntlet during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled bouncy slides, inflatable pendulum gauntlets, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Kristin DuMond, 50th Space Communications Squadron, leaps through an inflatable pendulum gauntlet during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled bouncy slides, inflatable pendulum gauntlets, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Master Sgt. Ben Leon, 379th Space Range Squadron, leaps across an inflatable obstacle during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Katie Calvert)

Master Sgt. Ben Leon, 379th Space Range Squadron, leaps across an inflatable obstacle during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Katie Calvert)

Senior Airman Francisco Linarez, 50th Space Communications Squadron, dodges inflatable wrecking balls during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. Upon finishing the run, participants were given free shirts, giveaway bags and water bottles. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Katie Calvert)

Senior Airman Francisco Linarez, 50th Space Communications Squadron, dodges inflatable wrecking balls during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. Upon finishing the run, participants were given free shirts, giveaway bags and water bottles. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Katie Calvert)

Daniel Leon traverses an inflatable sphere during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled bouncy slides, inflatable pendulum gauntlets, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Daniel Leon traverses an inflatable sphere during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled bouncy slides, inflatable pendulum gauntlets, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Senior Airman Cory Johnson, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, runs through an inflatable tunnel during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. The base-wide run was hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office to raise awareness about sexual assault.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Senior Airman Cory Johnson, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, runs through an inflatable tunnel during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. The base-wide run was hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office to raise awareness about sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Matthew Leon runs during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled bouncy slides, inflatable pendulum gauntlets, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Matthew Leon runs during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, running path Thursday, May 5, 2016. Participants tackled bouncy slides, inflatable pendulum gauntlets, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Pamela Spain, 50th Space Communications Squadron, slides down an inflatable slide during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The base-wide run was hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office to raise awareness about sexual assault. Participants tackled bouncy slides, inflatable pendulum gauntlets, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Pamela Spain, 50th Space Communications Squadron, slides down an inflatable slide during the annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month inflatable run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The base-wide run was hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office to raise awareness about sexual assault. Participants tackled bouncy slides, inflatable pendulum gauntlets, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses while running 2.5 miles on the running path behind the base fitness center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Schriever personnel conquered obstacles during the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Inflatable fun run May 5, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office hosted the run to raise awareness about sexual assault.

“The run was important because we were wrapping up Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. It was to get people to have fun while reminding people about sexual assault awareness,” said Cecilia Smith, 50th Space Wing sexual assault victim advocate.

Participants tackled bouncy slides, swinging inflatable boulders, cement hurdles and “Wipe Out” TV show-style obstacle courses, while running on the running path behind the base fitness center. In between inflatable obstacles, runners also had to do pushups, squats, walking lunges, monkey bars and pull ups.

The run distance was set longer than the normal wing run held every month.

However, Airman 1st Class Shannon Anderson, 50 Force Support Squadron career development journeyman, was up to the challenge.

“This was my first fun run. The obstacles were very fun and challenging especially when adding in the calisthenics, the uphill lunges were killer,” she explained. “My favorite part of the run was watching people jump from one obstacle to the other and get to see them safely fall. It was hilarious.”

Additionally, runners warmed up on the running track field before beginning the run.

SAAPM is observed in April, but because of snow, ice and chilly temperatures, the run had to be rescheduled.

“It was rescheduled for better weather because of the snow day on April 29. We were determined to make sure it still happened. Everyone was looking forward to it and we wanted to make sure they could participate,” said Smith.

In an effort to encourage runners to work hard during the run, the SAPR office had volunteers hold posters with messages that read “Be the change you want to see,” “Culture change starts with you,” and “Go green and intervene,” all messages in line with Green Dot. Green Dot is the Air Force’s violence prevention program, which takes a proactive posture against power-based personal violence.

“Knowing that you’re there to support a positive cause helps push you forward and work harder. It’s more worthwhile in the end,” said Anderson.

Upon finishing the run, participants received free shirts, giveaway bags and water bottles. According to Smith however, the main takeaway was the relationships built.

“I hope that the participants see who we are as people and are more likely to come to (our office) and talk to us if they have any issues. We are there for them in the good times and the bad,” she said.

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