On the morning of Saturday, October 31, approximately 248 runners from across the state gathered at Salt River High School to begin the 13.1-mile Red Mountain Half-Marathon, competing individually or on relay teams, making their way across the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
This year marked the seventh year of the Red Mountain Half-Marathon. Runners journeyed across road and dirt terrain, challenging themselves to meet their personal goals and the overall goal of making it across the finish line.
Cheers and car horns echoed throughout the Community, dust clouds rose from the dirt roads as each runner went by, and families proudly held up homemade signs while visible steam escaped their mouths into the cold morning air.
“Good job runner, you got this,” “Pace yourself,” “You’re doing a great job” and other words of encouragement met every runner as he or she passed each checkpoint. What made this year’s half-marathon more interesting was that each runner was dressed in a Halloween costume. Costumes included Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cheech and Chong, zombies, various superheroes, and Pink Warriors showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
COMMUNITY SADDENED BY DEATH OF SHANIA SINGER, 14-YEAR OLD RUNNER WHO COLLAPSED AT
RED MOUNTAIN HALF MARATHON
SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, ARIZ. (Nov. 2, 2015) On behalf of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community we were devastated to learn of the tragic incident that took the life of Shania Singer, a young, talented lady who participated in the 7th Annual Red Mountain Half Marathon on Saturday Oct. 31, 2015. For Native Americans, running has provided a vessel for spiritual, emotional, physical and mental awareness in one’s self. We are deeply saddened by the loss of her precious life. An investigation is being conducted for the incident that occurred at this annual event. Our sincere prayers and condolences go out to her family at this time.