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In Any Clime and Place

Only 10 events left to take 101 Days of Summer

By Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez | | July 10, 2012

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Competitors burst forward following a bullhorn blast for the 15th annual 5K Grueler, a race that was a part of the 101 Days of Summer program in 2011. The race, among a series of other events, will be hosted here again July 28 in support of the program in order to eliminate illegal drug use and promote responsible use of alcohol.

Competitors burst forward following a bullhorn blast for the 15th annual 5K Grueler, a race that was a part of the 101 Days of Summer program in 2011. The race, among a series of other events, will be hosted here again July 28 in support of the program in order to eliminate illegal drug use and promote responsible use of alcohol. (Photo by Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Every year Marine Corps Community Services attracts Marines from all over the island for a competition among the units. Whether pouring sweat or participating just for fun, 101 Days of Summer gives Hawaii Marines a variety of things to do this season.
The Substance Abuse Counseling Center and Semper Fit program are striving to eliminate illegal drug use and promote the responsible use of alcohol through a series of races, health promotion classes and tournaments.
“(The purpose is) to create a summer-long event utilizing programs that share the mission of eliminating illegal drug use and promoting responsible use of alcohol within the military,” said Neil Morgan, the health coordinator for Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
The teams to beat from last year’s competition are 3rd Marine Regiment in the large division category, and Marine Corps Air Station, which claimed first in the small unit division.
 It seems their titles may be snatched right from under them. Following the Runway 5K Run on Independence Day, Headquarters Battalion is leading the way for the large unit division, and Wounded Warriors leads the small unit division.
Aside from the thrill of competition, 101 Days of Summer also gives the units an opportunity to win money. First place units for each division receive $750 for their unit funds and second place units receive $500.
Service members and their adult dependents can raise points for the units by participating. Placing in races or winning tournaments won’t earn extra points but the studs of the competitions will receive other types of awards, such as trophies or prizes.
“This program is based on participation, all points are accumulated for participation, not by who wins and who loses,” Morgan said. “However, the competition still becomes pretty intense when you have various Marine and Sailor units competing against each other.”
 After the basketball tournament ends July 15, there will only be nine events left.
 Football, soccer and softball tournaments await the Marines who think they can still dominate their sport of choice. There is also an upcoming field meet, golf tournament, triathlon, 5K race and a “fun run” at the Nu’upia ponds.
 For the complete schedule of events and coordinators contact number you can visit mccshawaii.com/101Days.shtml.