On May 13, 2016 we were welcomed to the Crossroads at Silverbell Park in Marana for the Marana 5000 (formerly Dave's Run for ALS) with clear skies and slight breezes. Everyone agreed it was a glorious morning!
Our fantastic volunteers greeted participants and family as they picked up their race packet and registered for the race. Kids were delighted to to see a super-fun jumping castle combination that included climbing and slides, while Petunia the Clown used her artistry to create mini works of art on kid's faces. DJ Rich kept the crowd moving with his great tunes as usual! .
As many of you know, this event is held in memory of David Filer who we lost 15 years ago to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Proceeds from the Marana 5000 support the Jim Himelic Foundation that funds research at the University of Arizona in the fight against ALS. Thank you to all of the participants, and particularly those who donated directly to JMF in helping SAR with this battle.
The 5K race began promptly at 8:30am in near perfect weather – an omen for fast times and great races. Our top finishers did not disappoint - as the top three women in order were Autumn Ray (17:49), Amy Cole (18:21) and Julia Thomas (all the way from Ottawa!) (19:16). Autumn's effort was particularly impressive tying the course record! The top Master's Female was Tia Accetta (19:38) continuing her comeback with an impressive performance. The top 3 in the men's race were, Stephen Schaefer (15:57), Anthony Franciso (16:33) and Kurt Michels (16:50). Billy Ramon took home the top Master's award in 18:00 flat.
After the 5K it was time for free eegees, bagels, and other snacks for the adults as we prepared for the free FitKidz mile! The kids went out for 1/2 mile down the Santa Cruz path for a quick turn around and back to the park to finish under the big SAR Finish line. Great fun was had by all. The top 3 boys were Bronson Brockschmidt (6:29), Brad Brockschmidt (6:39) and Sebastian Thomas-Harvey (7:07). Wow, 10 years old and already running under 6:30 per mile! The top 3 girls were Lily Goerke (7:10), Kaylee Martinez (7:47), and Anabelle Accetta (7:51). Every kid got a free FitKidz t-shirt and ribbon for crossing the finish line and we are proud of each and every one of them!
We say it all the time, but we do because of how important they are. These events happen and are successful because of two main groups. The first group is local businesses who donate their money, products and expertise in support of these events designed to get local community out and getting healthy. We would like to sincerely thank The Running Shop, Proactive Physical Therapy, Trico, Eegees and the Town of Marana for their support of this event.
The second group are the volunteers who selflessly give of their time, energy and talents to make the event a success. We've done our best to make sure that we haven't missed anyone here. Many thanks to the following volunteers: Steve Felde, Sheryl Felde, Joe Plassmann, Michelle Hawk, Chris Fall, Erik Sanders, Doreen Castillo, Robin Gerard, Krista Germoth, David Odom, Dari Duval, Diane Manzini, Dave Dixon, Chris Rife, Tracy August, Brady August, Ethan August, Connie Lopez, Marti Ackermann, Merry Dearmon, Diane Harper, Martha Castillon, Jennie Sparrow, Shirley Hester, Joe Faulk, Steve Sheldon, Geoff Schmidt and Andrew Peck.
We would like to thank all of those who registered under a team. The largest team was The Workout Group and they have won a free eegees party worth $150. Thanks very much, eegees for donating the party this year!
A computer snafu caused a delay in getting results out of the timing system, but awards for age group winners are now available at The Running Shop.
Thanks for coming out and enjoying this great event. If you had fun and liked the course please spread the word and help to make next year's Marana 5000 the biggest and best ever!
Steve Outridge & Tim Bentley