Today was a glorious mix of tradition and brand-new. We decided to return our event name back to Dave’s Run for ALS after a few years as Marana 5000. We enjoyed another fantastic morning exercising and competing together in southern Arizona while raising money to help in the fight against ALS. However, we did so at a new location, Curtis Park. We think the venue worked out quite well and we would like to thank Pima County for allowing us to have the event there.
We also added a 10K into the mix and Dave’s Double for those slightly imbalanced folks for whom one race on one day is simply not enough. And, it was awesome.
On the men’s side our 5K winners were Kurt Michels (16:28), Sean Anderson (17:17) and David Kroeppler (17:51). For the 10K, all 3 top finishers completed Dave’s Double! Sean Anderson (35:45), Danny Huang (38:39) and David Kroeppler (39:06). The 5K master’s crown was won by Brian Leroy (18:27) while the 10K master’s winner was Dave Dixon (39:30).
For the women Lauren Reason won the 5k (18:42), second was Tia Accetta (19:15) and third was Emily Bushouse (20:02). For the 10K, again all of the top 3 finishers completed Dave’s Double (maybe we’ve started something big here?)! The top 3 10K finishers were Lauren Reasoner (39:40) —- Yes, Lauren won both events!, Tia Accetta (41:07) and Claire Hans (46:30). The 5K master’s crown was won by Katharina Beeler (20:49) — after taking Tia Accetta out as she was second overall. The 10K master’s champion was Merry Dearmon in 46:32.
Lots of fast times on a flat a fast course on a great part of The Loop.
We also had a great time with the FitKids mile and our mascot Fitz was bested yet again by many of our speedy youngsters. I must admit that the FitKidz mile events are my favorite and bring the biggest smile to my face every time. It was great having all of the kids out there running and enjoying the morning with us.
We have many sponsors to thank including The Running Shop, Smith Performance Center, Team Woodall Long Realty and eegees. Please visit and support our sponsors and let them know how much we appreciate them!
We would also like to thank DJ Rich for handling much of the announcing and spinning the great tunes. Also many thanks to our awesome face painter Petunia the Clown, massage therapist Elizabeth Silva, Team Hoyt for bringing out their amazing athletes and for serving coffee to keep us warm, Northwest Fire and Eugene Moore with Carden of Tucson Charter School.
I’m again astounded and humbled by our many, capable, willing, selfless and skilled volunteers without whom these events would simply not happen. We may well have left some of you out of this list inadvertently but know that we truly value all you do for SAR and the southern Arizona community. Thank you to Steve and Sheryl Felde, Marti and Stephan Ackermann, Joe Faulk, Ann Hollis, Peggy Chalk, Maureen Cunningham, Dave Dixon, Steve Sheldon, Mulcogi Sing, Jeri Baker, Gary Parcher, Pam Hoyt, Michelle Hawk, Joe Plassmann, Dave Odom, Ray Hensen, Tanya, Caroline Gardner, Stephen Moore, Merry Dearmon, Noemi & Craig Mills, Denise & Chris Fall, EriK Sanders, Cliantha, Austin Grover, Diane Manzini, John Mollenhour, and Morey Brown.
We have some final calculations to do in order to determine the largest team and the winner of the eegees party due to a large number of registrations at packet pickup and on race day. Destination U! was the early favorite but we need to calculate the final numbers to see if they kept their lead! If you ran the race and aren’t sure if you successfully registered for a team please email me HERE.
Until next year, thanks so much to all!