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Wyoming National Guard holds inaugural 5K event

Military Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Wyoming National Guard along with family members run, walk ,and march five kilometers April 12, 2015, at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. The Guardsmen and families participated in the inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention 5k ruck 5k run/walk which raised over $900 for local charities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano)

Military Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Wyoming National Guard along with family members run, walk ,and march five kilometers April 12, 2015, at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. The Guardsmen and families participated in the inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention 5k ruck 5k run/walk which raised over $900 for local charities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano)

Military Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Wyoming National Guard along with family members run, walk ,and march five kilometers April 12, 2015, at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. The Guardsmen and families participated in the inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention 5k ruck 5k run/walk which raised over $900 for local charities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano)

Military Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Wyoming National Guard along with family members run, walk ,and march five kilometers April 12, 2015, at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. The Guardsmen and families participated in the inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention 5k ruck 5k run/walk which raised over $900 for local charities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 153rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, march five kilometers with a 35 pound pack April 12, 2015, at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Airmen participated in the inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention 5k ruck 5k run/walk which raised over $900 for local charities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 153rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, march five kilometers with a 35 pound pack April 12, 2015, at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Airmen participated in the inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention 5k ruck 5k run/walk which raised over $900 for local charities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Erin Swingholm, 153rd Airlift Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, Wyoming Air National Guard, reviews finishing times and placement of runners during a 5k ruck 5k run/walk, April 12, 2015, at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. Swingholm organized a run to raise awareness for sexual assault awareness and prevention. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Erin Swingholm, 153rd Airlift Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, Wyoming Air National Guard, reviews finishing times and placement of runners during a 5k ruck 5k run/walk, April 12, 2015, at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. Swingholm organized a run to raise awareness for sexual assault awareness and prevention. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano)

CHEYENNE, Wyoming -- More than 500 Wyoming service members, their families and retirees participated in the inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K ruck, run and walk at the Wyoming Air National Guard Base on April 12.

The 153rd Airlift Wing hosted the event which was held to raise awareness about sexual assault and prevention. Participants were able to run, ruck with a minimum of 35 pounds or walk the 3.1 mile course and prizes were awarded to the fastest times in multiple categories.

Fifty volunteers assisted in the event which raised more than $900 for local charities.

"The results of the Inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention 5k ruck 5k run/walk was overwhelmingly positive. I am thankful and honored that so many people participated in helping to further bring awareness to sexual assault and prevention. As a team, we learned some details about planning an event of this size and will take the lessons learned with us in preparing and planning a bigger event for next year that will bring more attention to the program", said 1st Lt. Erin Swingholm, 153rd Airlift Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator.