On Saturday, March 30, runners and walkers gathered at the athletic building behind Salt River High School to register and participate in the 2013 March Madness Fun Run and the Salt River Diabetes Program Run/Walk.
The event pulled in more than 110 participants. This year’s Fun Run was a 13K (8 miles). “We usually have a 10K (6.2 miles) event,” said Rachel Seepie, physical fitness specialist for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Diabetes Prevention Program.
Most people chose the 3-mile Run/Walk event, which was also a little longer than the usual 2-mile run/walk. There was also a youth 1-mile run.
“We had many runners and walkers who participated for the very first time, and it was great to see people out with their family and friends on Easter weekend,” said Seepie.
Student runners from Dobson High School also participated in the event, representing their school.
“We did good,” said Community member Pila Lopez. “My son got third in the kids’ 1-mile run.” Lopez ran with her son and infant in the 3-mile run/walk while her husband, Ernie Lopez, entered the longer Fun Run.
Community member Michelle Long, a physical fitness specialist and local Salt River artist, made shell necklaces for the first- and second-place male and female finishers in both the 13K and 3-mile events.
The top three finishers in the youth 1-mile run received an Easter basket with a chocolate bunny, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, an inflatable ball and a paper airplane.
March Madness Event
13K (8-Mile) Fun Run
First Place, Male: Trent Taylor, 46:09
Second Place, Male: Joshua Hillis, 47:11
First Place, Female: Michelle Roan, 1:03:19
Second Place, Female: Janis Pahona, 1:06:19
First Place, Male: Kyle Madril, 20:06
Second Place, Male: Chris Pelensky, 21:07
First Place, Female: Makenna Hall, 22:55
Second Place, Female: Kristin McPhie, 24:20
Youth 1-Mile Run, Top Three Finishers