A total of 120 individuals from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and around the Valley participated in the 2015 Family Health & Fitness Day 10K, 2-mile walk and 1-mile walk on September 19.
This was the first event of the SRPMIC Diabetes Program run/walk series, which started in September and runs through May. This event was open to all runners and walkers.
“We had participants from Salt River, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix, Apache Junction, Flagstaff and as far as Polacca,” shared Rachel Seepie of the Salt River Fitness Center.
Community member Patrick Shaw said he has been participating in the Community fun run events as well as venturing out to other communities to participate in their fun runs.
“I’ve been running for about three years now. I was reaching 250 lbs. and was tired of being lazy,” said Shaw about how he got started running. “I am also a single parent and wanted to [set] a good example for my kids and show them something positive by starting to live a healthier lifestyle.”
Shaw placed second in the 10K. On October 3, he placed second again in the Struvee Hunter Memorial Run 8K in his age bracket of 30 to 39 years.
“I plan to run in the upcoming Red Mountain Half Marathon October 31. I like to run because when I am, it’s like I am cleansing my body and mind and I am able to just run and think,” said Shaw.
Wilbert Lee placed third in the 10K run.
“I started running back in 2011; this 10K back then was my very first run,” said Lee. “Ever since then I’ve enjoyed a passion for running, mentally, physically and spiritually.”
Lee is currently training for some upcoming events such as the Red Mountain Marathon, Hot Chocolate 15K and the 2016 Arizona Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon.
“[I like] meeting inspiring people out there that have some great testimonies to share,” said Lee.
The staff of the SRPMIC Diabetes Program would like to thank the Public Works Department, workers of the Day Labor Program and Salt River High School for assisting with the event.
The next Diabetes Program run/walk event will be the Run Against Diabetes 5K on Saturday, November 21.