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Red Mountain Half-Marathon and Relay

Bam-Bam crossed the finish line with his Flinstone family by his side.

Approximately 190 runners participated in the 2016 Red Mountain Half Marathon and Relay on the morning of Saturday, October 29. Morning events included runners registering, stretching, adjusting their costumes and mentally preparing to run 13.2 miles.

The half marathon, in its eighth year, takes place close to Halloween, so many choose to run the course in costume. This year the run welcomed bees, Ninja Turtles, unicorns, video-game characters, Flintstones characters and others.

Before the runners began, a prayer was offered along with a moment of silence for Shania Singer, the 15-year-old runner who passed away after completing last year’s run.

The course started and ended at Salt River High School and welcomed both Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members and visitors. The run began just before sunrise, and participants were well on the course as the sunlight brought all surrounding mountain ranges into view. Because the course varies in direction, mountain ranges such as the McDowell Mountains, Camelback Mountain, the Superstition Mountains and Red Mountain were visible on that clear morning. The course traveled on paved and dirt roads just alongside farming areas, so the runners also got to see their fair share of corn and cotton.

Water stations throughout the course were manned by Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community families and organizations. The Men’s Group, Senior Steppers, Red Mountain Riders, Salt River Fire Department, and the Anton Family all offered runners their choice of water or Gatorade.

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RESULTS

Individuals
Female Finishers
Place Name Total Time
1 DIANA GARCIA-MUNOZ 1:21:38.7
2 CAROLINE 1:38:44.1
3 SHAYLEE BEASLEY 1:46:44.7

Individuals
Male Finishers
Place Name Total Time
1 TRENT TAYLOR 1:21:25.8
2 ROB SNYDER 1:28:39.4
3 JOHNATHAN JONES 1:30:53.0

Relays
Place Name Total Time
1 TEAM NAVAHOPI 1:39:08.5
2 TEAM AVENGERS 1:46:11.2
3 TEAM LAST MINUTE 1:47:35.2