We’ve run out of adjectives to describe how wonderful it feels to hold a community event that is strictly for kids and shows them how much fun exercise, and running, can be – and in such a beautiful location as Sabino Canyon. Amazing.
We've also run out of words to adequately describe how grateful we are to the very large number of people that it takes to make this happen from the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Board, the SAR FitKidz sub-committee, our extremely generous FitKidz sponsors, the dozens of volunteers giving of hours of their time on a Saturday morning, Petunia the Clown, Kerry Whelan (the Goatographer), the Forest Service, Friends of Sabino Canyon and the Volunteer Naturalists.
On this beautiful fall morning on National Public Lands Day over 250 kids came out and had a blast. All finishers did a fantastic job. Special recognition goes out to the top 3 girls Hayley Floyd (7:20.6), Taylor Becker-Kopke (7:21.7) and Alana Felix (7:40.3). The top 3 boys were Adam Bernal, Jr. (6:36.3), Miles Floyd (6:41.8) and Aric Accetta (7:09.8).
Now to get more specific with folks we should thank; we owe a huge thank you to our FitKidz sponsors, Tucson Medical Center, Center for Neurosciences, Center for Neurosciences Foundation, Champ Youth Sports, Spirit Messingham at Tierra Antigua Realty, Pima Federal Credit Union, eegees, and Sunset Screen Printing & Embroidery. These sponsors help to ensure we can keep doing these free FitKidz events and give the kids great shirts and lots of other giveaways as well.
Our list of volunteers for this event is huge and We’ve probably not managed to remember everyone but thank you all so much for your help: Greg Wenneborg, Linda Whelan, Randy Accetta, Tia Accetta, Harley Brenton, Doreen Castillo, Jeff Fulks, Kristy Lund, Christine Anderson Ferraris, Chad Dailey, Monica Bermudez, Amelie Messingham, Lauren Reasoner, Amy Cole, Robin Gerard, Grant Wiens, Madison Mccue, Diane Tyler, Cheryl Carnes, folks from the FOSC including Sharon Vandergriff, Esther Holloway, and Paul Marques, Sandra and Emily Fleg, Noemi Mills, Kelly Mack, Caroline Gardner, Kamran Talattof, Jenna Ramirez, Cindy Schnell, Abby Feaman, Don Taylor and Mr. Abbot’s class at Santa Rita High school.
Lastly thank you parents, grandparents, family and friends that made the effort to wake your kids up at the crack of dawn, drive them to Sabino Canyon and encourage them to be active! You are setting an amazing example!
We’ll see you out there next year for the biggest and best Sabino Canyon FitKidz One Mile Classic yet!
Steve Outridge and Diane Manzini
Southern Arizona Roadrunners