RACE RECAP - The Great Pumpkin Race 2019

steve outridge October 14, 2019

RACE RECAP - The Great Pumpkin Race 2019

After some delay and uncertainty we were elated to learn a few months that we could again hold The Great Pumpkin Race (the 13th annual!) at Buckelew Farm this year!

We are so grateful to Clint, Laura and all of the Buckelews for so graciously welcoming SAR yet Sunday morning, and what a wonderful morning was had by all! The weather was picture-perfect and the later start this year permitted folks to sleep in a little bit more than in past years.

We owe so much to all of the volunteers that donated their time and talents to make this event happen. You are all amazing and we can’t thank you enough! Special shout outs to: Erik Sanders - for helping mark the course for hours on Saturday afternoon and for starting his volunteer duties at 5:30am on race day. Steve Felde - long-time SAR Board Member who helped with packet pickup yesterday and race registration and many other things this morning. Tom Tronsdale and his son Mac  - for helping to coordinate with the Buckelews as well as picking up the water and marking the corn maze this morning. Chris and Denise Fall - for picking up some food and other items and for helping to haul all of the equipment out to the race site. And, lastly, a huge thank you to the amazing daughter of the RD, Christine Outridge, for organizing, bringing and working on everything needed for our trick or treat and pumpkin decorating stations!

A huge thank you as well to our event sponsors Canyon Fence and Mr. Tom Tronsdale, and to the incredible Running Shop. Sharon Bart and Lucas Tyler are such tremendous supporters of the Tucson running community and we are eternally grateful for it! Thanks as well to Selena Valencia Photography for capturing the day in pictures for us (the pictures will be posted to Facebook soon) and to DJ Rich for spinning his tunes and his announcing talents!

Our one milers started things off at 8:30am and got to do some trick or treating along the way including a quick stop in the crazy corn maze. You are all winners for getting out and exercising with us!

At 9:00am our 5K participants took off for their fun and enjoyed the peacefulness and beautiful views around and in the farm. The men’s 5K top three had a close battle. They were Aaron Judkins (19:03), Omar Sotelo (19:13), and Justin Benge (19:19). The male Master’s winner was Scott Lee (21:04). For the women in the 5k the top three were: Janet Holland (22:01), Eva Bruce (22:43), and Wieke De Boer (23:19). The Master’s crown went to Amye Kaempf (23:20).

We added a number of new things to the event this year and we hope that all who attended had a great time. Please email me at outridge2003@yahoo.com to provide any feedback you may have on the event, good or not so good.

Please note that if you have not yet picked up your awards you may do so at the Running Shop beginning on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

Until next year,

Steve Outridge

RD, The Great Pumpkin Race

obo Southern Arizona Roadrunners

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