As the sun peeked out from behind Red Mountain on the morning of Saturday, November 21, participants prepared for a 3.1-mile run or walk to show their support for diabetes awareness within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The free event was held at Salt River High School in recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month.
“The purpose of the event is to bring awareness for diabetes, because November is Diabetes Awareness Month,” said Senior Physical Fitness Specialist Rachel Seepie. “This year’s theme is Educate and Support: What Is Your Role?”
Seepie added, “In the past, those who have come out to our event said they were looking to start exercising or they started exercising because they wanted to do the run. Some of the participants who come out have diabetes themselves, and they’re out here to continue their exercise regimen and also bring out their families and encourage them to participate and be more physically active. It’s a family type of atmosphere.”
A kids’ dash, 5K run, 2-mile run and 1-mile family run/walk were the options for participants. The kids’ dash was the first event of the morning, starting at 8:15 a.m. That was followed by the 5K run, a 3.1-mile route starting and ending at the high school. The 2-mile event started shortly afterward, and children were divided into three age groups. The 1-mile family fun run/walk event was last, and it was a great way for families to exercise and get healthy together.
Awards were given to the first- and second-place finishers in the 5K and 2-mile events. The kids’ dash presented first-, second- and third-place awards.
“Being physically active is a way to help prevent diabetes. Or, if you do have [pre]diabetes, exercising at a moderate level will prolong [your time before the onset of diabetes] in the future,” Seepie added.
Community members are encouraged to utilize the free services that the Diabetes Program provides. The SRPMIC Health Services Diabetes Program offers Diabetes 101 classes, youth fitness and nutrition classes, “and the fitness center, which is open and free for all Community members and their family members to utilize and [participate in] group exercise classes,” said Seepie.
Contact the Diabetes Program at (480) 362-7342 or the Salt River Fitness Center at (480) 362-7320.
Run Against Diabetes 5K Run and Walk
First place: Amaya Cervantes
Second place: Santos Cervantes
First place: Kylen Bonner
Second place: Asari Lewis
(12 and under)
First place, male: Bandaris Manygoats
First place, female: Taylor Antone
First place, male: Dineh Ben
First place, female: Dezbah Ben
First place, male: Michial Morgan
First place, female: Crystal Gale
First place, male: Erwin Thomas
First place, female: no runner in race class
(ages 12 and under)
First place, male: Logan Logg
First place, female: Jaya Huma
First place, male: unknown
First place, female: unknown
First place, male: Vernon Pumm
First place, female: Barbara Pumm
Traveling Team Award
Presented to the Native community with the most event participants,
Gila River Indian Community