Coast Guard team participates in Colonial 200 Relay Race in Va.

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Spence

Twelve Coast Guard members are shown in a group photo at the finish line of the Colonial 200 Relay Race, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The relay race started began in Charlottesville, Va., and ended in Williamsburg, Va.

Twelve Coast Guard members are shown in a group photo at the finish line of the Colonial 200 Relay Race, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The relay race started began in Charlottesville, Va., and ended in Williamsburg, Va. Photo by Jessica Sheppard

For the third consecutive year, an all Coast Guard team, the Shallow Water Runners, consisting of 12 runners from three Hampton Roads area units (Training Center Yorktown, Sector Hampton Roads and The National Strike Force Coordination Center) joined to compete in the Colonial 200 Relay Race Sept. 20 and 21.

Nicole Grecco, a member of the Shallow Water Runners, holds a sticker of the Colonial 200 Relay Race that she and 11 other Coast Guard members participated in. The relay race started began in Charlottesville, Va., and ended in Williamsburg, Va. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Spence

Nicole Grecco, a member of the Shallow Water Runners, holds a sticker of the Colonial 200 Relay Race that she and 11 other Coast Guard members participated in. The relay race started began in Charlottesville, Va., and ended in Williamsburg, Va. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Spence

The Colonial 200 Relay is an annual 200-mile continuous relay race that begins in Charlottesville, Va., traverses through the heart of Virginia’s wine country, features hills, forests and rolling terrain, and winds down to the finish line at Jamestown Beach Park in historic Williamsburg, Va.

“What an experience-everything from rushing to get to the next exchange zone on time, trying to squeeze a nap in here or there, and running in the pitch black of night with only a headlamp,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Leveridge, a boatswain’s mate from Training Center Yorktown. “It’s amazing how all the runners along the way were supporting the current runner on the course, even the other teams we were competing against were cheering each other on. It is nice to meet such good people.”

The all Coast Guard team, nicknamed the Shallow Water Runners, completed the challenge in 30 hours and 14 minutes, holding a 8:44 min/mile pace throughout the 207.7-mile course. The team placed 8th in the full-mixed (co-ed) team category and 12th overall.

The team thanks all the organizations and associations who supported them: Training Center Yorktown MWR, Training Center Yorktown Command, The Armed Forces Committee of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance and the Coast Guard Enlisted Association Colonial Branch.

“With their support, not only were we able to keep the cost per runner to a minimum but we also were able to support several charities and non profits, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hanover 911, Big Brother & Big Sisters and several others along the route,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Spence, the team’s leader and a marine science technician at the National Strike Force Coordination Center in Elizabeth City, N.C.

The team consisted of: MST2 Josh Massel, GM1 Tony Cardullo, MSTCS Chris James, Lt. Chris Adams, MKC Travis Sheppard, Lt. j.g. Bill Stark, Ens. Ian King, MK1 Mike Leveridge, DC2 Christina Butler, Nicole Grecco, MST1 Jason Spence and Lt. Rick Veras.

Click here to view some video from the run.

Shallow Water Runners logo

The Shallow Water Runners logo is shown on a t-shirt. The Coast Guard team consisted of 12 members from Training Center Yorktown, Va., Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Va., and the National Strike Force Coordination Center in Elizabeth City, N.C.

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