On October 27, the Salt River Fitness Center and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community WellPath Program sponsored the Fourth Annual SRPMIC Red Mountain Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile route leads runners through the Community, with Red Mountain as the background. This year’s race brought out a total of 156 runners.
Youth Progressive Half Marathon
Prior to the day of the half marathon, the Youth Progressive Half Marathon concluded, which was for children 12 years old and younger. This was a 13.1-mile race completed over a 10-week period prior to the half marathon. Youth were able to walk, jog or run 0.5 miles a day, three to five days a week, for a total of 12.5 miles, and then complete the half marathon with an 0.6-mile run on event day, October 27 each participant received a finisher bag and ribbon.
Half Marathon Relay
Runners had the opportunity to form relay teams for the Half Marathon Relay, where the first, second and third leg runners run 3 miles and the runner on the final leg runs 4.1 miles. The first-place relay team was Forest Gump, finishing with a total time of 1:29:02. Second place went to The Avengers team, which posted a time of 1:30:48. Third place went to We Run for Food, with a time of 1:41:42. A total of 21 teams participated in the relay event.
“This is our fifth year running; this year we have a girls team. This year Saddleback totally sponsored us, we got uniforms and shoes,” said Relay runner and Saddleback Communications employee Ron Thomas. “We do it as a part of the wellness program. Since our enterprise was dropped from the tribe’s wellness program, we [Saddleback employees] try to keep our own wellness program going by participating in these events and challenges in our own enterprise to lose weight, get in shape and be healthier.”
Half Marathon Individual
A total of 59 individual runners entered the race this year. The top three overall finishers in the men’s division were Trent Taylor, taking first place with a time of 1:17:49; Leandrew Martine, logging a time of 1:24:13; and last year’s first-place runner, Wayne Sekaquaptewa, who came in third with a time of 1:26:03.
“I heard about it last year, and I thought I [would] come out here to support the Salt River tribe. And I like the atmosphere of a good run,” said first-place runner Trent Taylor, who is Hopi and Navajo. “This is my second year running, and this is my third half marathon I ever participated in.”
The women’s top three finishers were Staci Mitchell, taking first place with a time of 1:38:54; Amanda Rosenburg, taking second with a time of 1:51:08; and Malorie Charley, who placed third with a time of 1:54:08.
The event ended with an awards ceremony for individual runners who finished in first through third place. Each runner was given a Red Mountain Half Marathon medal.