Sports & Recreation

Runners gather early Saturday morning to register for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

2nd Annual Jingle Bell 13.1 Mile Relay and 2 Mile Run/Walk

By Rachel Seepie
Salt River Fitness Center

It was a chilly Saturday, morning on December 15, 2012, but it didn’t stop participants from coming out to the Diabetes Program’s 2nd Annual Jingle Bell 13.1 mile relay run and 2 mile run/walk. They were ready run or walk rain or shine.
The Jingle Bell event started with the 2 mile run/walk event. There were over 90 eager runners and walkers for the 2 mile run/walk. The participants route was an out and back course from the Salt River High School Athletics building parking lot, out to Chaparral Road, then up Center Street to Montecito Ave where they turn around and return to the Salt River High School. This gave the participants the opportunity to utilize the walking path on Center Street.
The 13.1 mile relay brought out new and familiar runners to the event. Most teams came out to have fun with friends and family plus there was a little friendly competition. Relay teams were made up of family, friends, coworkers and some teams were made on the spot. There was one team who came out to celebrate a friend’s birthday by running the relay event. In all there were 11teams in the half marathon relay event. Teams were made up of two to four individual who ran one or more routes. The 13.1 mile was broken up in to three routes of 3 miles and one route of 4.1 miles which was the final leg of the half marathon relay event. We had a relay team come in under hour to our final relay team just about two hours.
Participants in the relay event also participated in team baton decoration contest. The winning baton was determined by the applause of their fellow participants in the event. There were many colorful and creative holiday batons made. And all participants had a chance to win 2 raffle prizes and all participants received a free incentive for participating in the event.
The Diabetes Program would like to thank the Day Labor Worker Program that assisted with the event, Public Works, Salt River Police Department and Salt River High for providing their services and facility for the event and past events.
Overall participants had fun running and walking at the Jingle Bell event. The next Diabetes Program’s event will be New Year’s Roadrace 13k (8-mile); 2-Mile & Youth 1-Mile Run on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Happy New Year’s from the Diabetes Program’s Fitness Staff.

2-Mile Run/Walk
1st Place (Female): Leah Kochampanasken & 1st Place (Male): Patrick Shaw
2nd Place (Female): Taylor Antone & 2nd Place (Male): Wayne Taylor Jr.
3rd Place (Female): Joli Lewis & 3rd Place (Male): Channing Antone

13.1 Relay Team
1st Place: Trent Taylor, Wayne Taylor & Joshua Tso
2nd Place: Brett Clark, Jense Roundtree & Tanner Childs
3rd Place: Jayden Pahona, Alvanessa Waters & Deidra Honyumptewa

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