On September 15, more than 200 participants of all ages came out to the Salt River High School athletics parking lot to take part in the second annual Salt River Family Health & Fitness Day, hosted by the Salt River Fitness Center.
Following registration, all youth ages 12 and under took part in the 0.6-mile run/walk, while those ages five and under were all considered winners.
This was followed by the 2-mile run/walk and the family 1-mile fun walk at 7:30 a.m.
Those looking for a bigger challenge entered the 10K (6.2 miles). As the runners or walkers came in, there was much cheering and encouraging words to help them make it over the finish line.
Senior Physical Fitness Specialist Rachel Seepie said overall the event went very well this year.
“We had a larger number of Community members and employees plus their families participate,” said Seepie. “The event was open to all runners and walkers, so many of our participants came in from Gila River, Fort McDowell, Phoenix, Mesa and surrounding areas. The highlight was our 10K run, which brought out some fast runners who made it a competitive race, but still fun. It was a wonderful sight to see our youth [in the] 0.6-mile run/walk. Some of the participants had a little help with from their parents, who could either walk or run with their child.”