by Randy Accetta -- contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
As you can see in the race results here, the overall times were speedy, with racing newcomers showing off some serious speed. First place overall went to Jessica Culver, running for The Workout Group after spending her college years playing soccer at the University of Arizona. With a time of 18:28, Jessica earned her first road race victory. Second place finisher Lauren Reasoner from TRP has been tearing up the roads lately. Her time of 19:00 shows some range, as she has been racing everything from marathons on down this past year. Third place was Mesa’s Caroline Sekaquaptewa, the first master’s runner at 43 years old, who cruised the 3.1 miles in 19:32, holding off UA grad student Emily Maas, who finished in fourth.
The Men's Mile was a crowded affair, as the men, women, boys, and girls sprinted three laps through the crowds on the stadium concourse. First place went to high school runner Julian Sosa in 5:18, second was Robert Mcfadyen in 5:32, while Tim Bentley gave the youngsters a run for it, finishing in third.
Timing and Awards
Age group awards are for the top three in each age group; if you earned an award, please visit The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell before the end of the year to pick up your award. If you have a question about your published time, please contact race timer Greg Wenneborg.
What a beautiful morning for our first-ever staging at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. The health insurance coalition indicated that the event was a success, with numerous ACA enrollments, while the health fair booths teemed with activity. Speaking of teeming with activity, the Girls on the Run untimed event went off beautifully, with over 500 young girls and their running buddies happily cruising the course. Thanks to your entries, the non-profit Southern Arizona Roadrunners will earn $2,000 to be used for operations and their children’s running programs.
As some of you know, there was a medical emergency during one of the events; fortunately, several medical professionals teamed up with Tucson Fire Department to stabilize the runner. He is currently undergoing medical care with a positive prognosis. Thank you to all who provided assistance!
Plans for Future
As many of you know, we’ve been bouncing around a bit in terms of locations and dates for the past few years. We’ve received a number of emails complimenting the course and the venue, so based on your comments and our experiences, it looks like we’ll keep this event on the calendar as is. However, men have asked if they can race too – so we may simply make this a 5k race for men and women and skip the one mile. . . .
We are grateful to Tucson Medical Center for their support of women’s health and wellness. The Running Shop provided gift certificates and other logistical support. The Arizona Daily Star provided advertising support.
Special thanks to the SAR and Workout Group volunteers who made the race possible: Linda Whelan, Gary Parcher, Pam Hoyt, Sue Abramson, Monica Bermudez, Noemi & Craig, Doreen Davis, Steve Sheldon and daughter, Connie Lopez, Michelle Hawk, Michael Miller, Tim Bentley, Gary Giese, and others, including course helpers Eric Sanders, Dave Odom, and Joe Plassman. Special thanks to the TriGirls for handling Mile 1 water station – and a huge number of UA students were on hand to help with the course and Girls on the Run.