On Saturday, September 21, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Diabetes Program hosted the Fourth Annual Family Health and Fitness Day at Salt River High School. There were three events: a youth 0.5-mile run, a 2-mile Family Fun Run/Walk and a 10K run. This event was a kick-off for future runs within the Community.
The morning temperature was in the low 80s, perfect weather for running or walking. Registration started at 6:30 a.m. and ended at 7:15. The 0.5-mile youth run started off the day.
Immediately following the youth run, families and individuals participating in the Family Fun Run/Walk departed at 7:30 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. The families enjoyed the weather and made their way forward, gaining encouragement from every runner/walker passing by. Children ranged in age from infants on up, and they too seemed to be enjoying the beautiful morning scenery from their strollers. The first three finishers were Sophia Thomas (16:50), Ryan Veale (19:15) and Alana Wong (19:40).
Along with those participating in the Family Fun Run/Walk, the 10K runners also departed the school at 7:30 a.m. They were on a mission to complete 6.1 miles. This particular event had about 30 participants.
The first three finishers in each group are as follows:
Male: Wayne Sekaquaptewa (41:13), Herman Loma (47:53) and Patrick Shaw (49:34). Female: Ava Hamilton (46:28), Caroline Sekaquaptewa (46:51) and Olivia Flores (49:48).
The youth who participated in the 0.5-mile run were entered into a drawing for three water slides. O’odham-Piipaash necklaces made by Rachel Seepie, SRPMIC senior physical fitness specialist, were awarded to the first three male and female finishers in the 2-mile run and the 10K.
“This Family Fun Run kicks it all off for the season, so it was a pretty good turnout. [We] got to see people come out, have fun and enjoy themselves. We had more kids this year for the 0.5-mile run, and it was good to see them having fun,” said Nevelle Howard, SRPMIC physical fitness specialist.
The SRPMIC Diabetes Program hosts a running event every month. The fifth annual Red Mountain Half Marathon is planned for Saturday, October 26. For more information or to register, please contact the Salt River Fitness Center at (480) 362-7320.