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.