Fifteen participants made their way out to the mountain bike trails at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area to take part in the Summer Day Date Trail Run/Walk Saturday.

Toni Kornegay, recreation specialist with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation, was happy to host another group event.

“We have done a team event before when we did the Amazing Ruck Team Challenge in 2019,” Kornegay said. “This was a little different because it was a play on a date night. The idea was to encourage participants to come out and do something healthy and fun together instead of the traditional date.”

Though it was called the Summer “Day Date” run/walk, participants were encouraged to not only participate with their significant others, but their friends and other family members as well.

“I liked seeing the couples out there together. There was also a group of fitness buddies that came out,” Kornegay said.

The group of “fitness buddies” included Lisa Callum and her daughters Christian Lorenzo and Victoria Callum, as well as their friends Rhoda Lynch and Tiffany Gutierrez-Turque.

This was the first in-person event they have participated in since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March of last year, and they were happy to spend time together after being apart for so long.

“Especially now, after COVID, I think it’s great for families to get back together. I haven’t seen Christian in 18 months because of COVID. There was a fear of contracting it,” Lynch said. “Now that it’s kind of lightened up a little bit, it gives us a chance to reconnect with each other and bond with each other again. I feel like we just picked up where we left off.”

Kornegay believes it’s important to host events that encourage family members and friends to get involved because their well-being is also important.

“It’s also important for the spouses and dependents to be healthy and maintain their fitness. They carry a huge burden supporting a Soldier,” she said. “These types of events not only support physical health but mental health as well. Getting out together is so important.”

Things are only picking up more for DFMWR with another running event coming up next month in July.

“Next month is the Life’s a Beach 5k,” Kornegay said. “This is a great event because it is family friendly and they can stay out and enjoy the lake. They can make a day of it.”

The Life’s a Beach 5K will be held at the BLORA beachfront on July 24. Another event happening next month is the 80’s Blacklight Spin Party on July 10.

For more information on these upcoming events keep watching the DFMWR website https://hood.armymwr.com/ and the MWR Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/forthoodfmwr/ for more updates as they become available.