There’s nothing that warms our collective heart more than seeing kids out running and having a great time. That was the thinking behind the creation of SAR’s FitKidz racing series and the 2nd annual Sabino Canyon 1 Mile Kids Classic was again the perfect venue to showcase so much that is good in our fair city. Produced in conjunction with the Friends of Sabino Canyon, we had nearly 300 little ones register to run. Close to 200 kids finished and we think some of you may have forgotten to wear your timing chips but regardless, it was a great turnout and a significant increase from last year. Our winners came across the line in just over 7 minutes – very impressive! Equally as impressive were the smiles and effort of all the finishers!
As always we have many people to thank. We appreciate the Forest Service for allowing us to hold the event in this magnificent canyon, Lahsha Brown and Fred Blatt from the Friends of Sabino Canyon who had lots of goodies for the kids after they finished. The FOSC also had their bike patrol out in force helping to ensure the kids turned around at the half mile point and that they were totally safe along the way. Many thanks also to Petunia the clown for all of the fantastic face-painting and for staying late to make sure every last child who wanted to got some personal art work. Our good friend and FitKidz sponsor Larry Montoya from Caps & More was on hand with his kids enjoying the event and handing out free stuff for the participants. We also owe a hearty thank you to our other FitKidz sponsors, without whom we would not be able to put on these events for free; Tucson Medical Center, Champ Youth Sports, the International Wildlife Museum, Mary & Robert, Brooks and the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation program.
Producing this race is a large undertaking. We’re giving the kids the full race experience and that means many hours of prep work and many hours on race day to make it happen. As the Race Director I was assisted by a cadre of awesome people. Special thanks go to the leader of our SAR Board’s Kids Action Committee, Diane Manzini and fellow committee member Doreen Davis. They did a huge amount of work to make the event a reality. We’d also like to thank incoming SAR President Tim Bentley for all of his help on race morning and all of the great work on the microphone, Kerry Whelan for his fantastic photos, and volunteers Christine A. Anderson, Monica Bermudez, Lauren Sheehan, Linda Whelan, Kate Woodard, Steve “Blacketts” Hughes, SAR Board Members Randy Accetta and Gary Giese, Nancy Fuller, Tera Estes, Don Taylor, Tia Accetta for leading the kids in some fun warm up drills, and Robin Gerard. Thanks so much to all of you.
We hope to see everyone out at the next FitKidz event, The Great Pumpkin run at Buckelew Farms on October 12, 2014. And, don’t forget to tell a bunch of your friends about it and bring them with you!
For more information on the FitKidz racing series and to find out how you can get involved, please contact Diane Manzini and email@example.com or visit the FitKidz page on our website at http://www.azroadrunners.org/go/category/about/fitkidz_racing_series.
SAR President and Race Director, Sabino Canyon 1 Mile Kids Classic