For Diane and myself this is the event we enjoy more than all others for myriad reasons. The first, the original, the FitKidz only event at Sabino Canyon that's now been going for 7 years strong and getting larger every year. This year's event was the largest FitKidz event ever with about 335 finishers and we couldn't be more pleased! It didn't hurt that the weather was picture perfect!
We must thank our friends at the Forest Service for allowing us to again hold this event in the magnificent Sabino Canyon, as well as the Friends of Sabino Canyon and the Volunteer Naturalists for all of their support and help.
A very special thanks to our incredible FitKidz sponsors as their support is vital to the success of the FitKidz program. Thanks to their help we’re able to keep everything completely FREE for the kids and their families; Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Orthopedic Institute, Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, Tucson Conquistadores (a special thank you here as the Conquistadores presented their check right before the start of today's race!), Albertsons / Safeway, Champ Youth, Center for Neurosciences Foundation, Vantage West Credit Union, Tile Outlet, Eegee's and Don Cox with Farmers Insurance.
We've also had a number of individuals donate to the FitKidz program and we appreciate each and every one of you immensely.
For more information on the SAR FitKidz program, please visit http://www.azroadrunners.org/go/category/about/fitkidz_racing_series
Thank you as well to Selena Valencia for all of her wonderful photos (which we will post on Facebook soon), DJ Rich for spinning some awesome tunes, Petunia and friend for painting so many happy faces, the Junior League of Tucson for bringing out their Kids in the Kitchen booth, and to Roadrunner Race Timing for their excellent timing services.
We also had dozens of volunteers who supported all phases of the event and you know who you are. You are all amazing and we know we couldn't do these events without all of your talent and efforts. THANK YOU ALL!
A quick shout out to all of the runners and walkers. Many of these kids enjoyed their first ever FitKidz event, while for others this was familiar territory. You are all winners and we hope you will continue to get up and keep moving to stay healthy and active. A special congratulations to the top 3 girls, Sophy Floyd (6:24), Lily Newell (7:11) and Olivia Schaefer (7:18). And, congrats as well to the top 3 boys, Juan Gamino (6:11), Jackson Gant-Golston (6:22) and Bryan Gamino (6:47).
The next FitKidz mile will be a part of the TMC Get Moving Tucson event on October 27, 2019.
The next two SAR events are:
Jim Click Run & Roll - Oct 6, 2019 at the U of A
The Great Pumpkin Race - Oct 13, 2019 at Buckelew Farm
Please visit http://www.azroadrunners.org for all of the details on upcoming events.
We will see you all next year and hope you will bring all of your friends!
Steve Outridge and Diane Manzini
Co-Race Directors, Sabino Canyon FitKidz One Mile Classic