Sgt. First Class James McMillan was dressed warmly on Saturday morning, and also carried a large U.S. flag.

He and other members of Team RWB — Red White and Blue — participated in the annual Holiday Dash 5K Run/Walk at Fort Hood, despite early morning temperatures near freezing.

“It’s patriotic,” said McMillan about carrying the flag. Team RWB is about enriching veterans’ lives by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Among other groups participating were students from Clear Creek and Meadows Elementary Schools. The groups wore leggings, gloves and knit caps, as did many others in attendance.

Some, like Staff Sgt. Stephanie Nye, wore reindeer antlers to get in the festive mood. Nye planned to walk the route with Brook Willis, a military spouse.

Some runners brought their dogs, others the entire family. The Waters — six of them, including two in a double stroller — wore holiday costumes for the event.

Participants tied chips to their shoes to facilitate the upgraded timing mechanism for the race. The start and finish line was at Abrams Fitness Center, and the route wound around the post over to the III Corps track.

The weather may have felt like Christmas, and some spectators were bundled up in blankets and heavy coats, but spirits ran high and hearts were warmed by the brilliant sun and the enthusiasm of all those who turned out for the dash.

jferraro@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7568

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