Dave’s Run for ALS, the 2015 edition, started off on a calm, clear morning at the beautiful Crossroads at Silverbell Park in Marana. A huge group of volunteers assisted with the setup preparing for the race to come. As always, our volunteers were the very best and a successful event is only possible thanks to them. We apologize if we’ve missed anyone here: Steve and Sheryl Felde, Marti and Stephan Ackermann, Joe Faulk, Linda Whelan, Shirley Hester, Ray Henson, Bill Richardson, Connie Lopez, Randy Accetta, Diane Manzini, Craig Dabler, Michael Miller, Robin Gerard, Michelle Hawk, Chris Fall, Doreen and Glenn Davis, Joe Plassmann, Steve Sheldon, Cindy Schnell, The Moore family, Don Taylor, and Rachel Hilgeford.
Unfortunately, the wind picked up a bit from the south prior to the start of race making the going a little bit tougher than it otherwise would have been. However, some great times were run by many and a good time was had by all. The overall race winner and first male in a very impressive performance was Stephen Schaefer in 16:27. Lucas Tyler (17:28) brought home 2nd place, and Bjorn WastVedt (17:33) came in a close 3rd place. The top female finisher ran a fantastic race finishing 7th overall, well ahead of her nearest competitors, and that was Kate Schwartz who ran a blazing 17:49. Kate was followed by Tia Accetta in 2nd place (18:58) and Katie Keading in 3rd (19:22). Overall Master’s winners were won by last year’s Master’s Running Shop Grand Prix Champions Billy Ramon in 17:55 and Michelle Hawk in 21:16.
We also had two Arizona state age records set by two of our very best and most experienced local runners, Merry Dearmon, who at age 61 turned in a smoking 22:24, and Paul Robillia who at 78 years young turned in a remarkable time of 24:43.
Following the 5K it was time for the FitKidz and Family 1 Mile Run/Walk. Everyone did a fantastic job out there and had a great time was had by all! Remember the next free FitKidz mile will take place at the Spring Cross Country race in April. Visit the SAR web site for details.
We have many others to thank for this fantastic event including our sponsors and vendors. Huge thanks for the support from our sponsors the Running Shop, Proactive Physical Therapy, Trico and Eegees. Great fun was had after the finish thanks to Petunia the Clown for her wonderful face painting, Proactive Physical Therapy and their free post-race massages, Desert jumps for the Obstacle Course Jumping Castle and Eegees for the refreshing Eegees! We’d also like to thank Marana Parks and recreation, the Marana Police Department and Northwest Fire.
One of the new fun things we added this year was Dave’s Ice Bucket challenge. Dennis Brewer and Daniel Weldon each donated about $100 to the Jim Himelic Foundation. Along with Co-Race Director Steve Outridge, they had huge coolers of ice water dumped over their heads to celebrate! Team Jean raised over $300 for JHF and we all got to meet and praise Jean who is battling ALS herself. Many thanks to all of these folks and everyone who participated in the event for helping the JHF in their fight against this terrible disease.
We’ll see you all next year and we hope you bring some of your friends!
Steve Outridge and Tim Bentley, Co-Race Directors, Dave’s Run for ALSMore
Online Registration for Dave’s Run for ALS closes tonight. Don’t worry, there are still two opportunities to register!
1. The Running Shop on Saturday, 3/14/15 from 10am - 2pm
2. At the race Sunday morning, 3/15/15 from 7am - 8:15am
DAVE'S RUN FOR ALS - 3/15/15
We need additional volunteers the morning of the event!
1. Registration for the 5K - these can be folks who are running or walking the race.
2. Traffic Control - For this we need some folks who are not running or walking the 5K to keep runners safe in the start area.
3. Registration for the FitKidz and Family Fitness 1 Mile - for this we need two people who are not running or walking the 5K. Registration for the 1 Mile event will continue after the 5K has started.
4. Two people to work the water stop at mile 2 of the 5K course. These will need to be folks who are not running the 5K.
Please let me know if you are interested or know of someone who might be. Just zap me an email - Thanks! Steve OutridgeMore
March 1st sees the end of early pricing discounts for these four SAR events, so follow these links to save some bucks on the spring season:
Dave's Run for ALS 5k
Sabino Canyon Classic
Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown
TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk
The race directors for Dave's Run for ALS announce Dave's Ice Bucket Challenge, a cool new way for you to support the fight against ALS. Visit the Dave's Run race page here for all of the details and get involved today. WIll you take the challenge?More
Sign up for Dave’s Run for ALS soon! On-line registration closes Friday night!
You don’t want to miss this year’s event because we’ve moved the course to the beautiful new Crossroads at Silverbell Park in Marana. This new location will provide an easy commute,
a fast and competitive course and there will be plenty of fun for families including a jumping castle obstacle course!
Packet Pickup and Registration - Saturday at The Running Shop - 10:00am-3:00pm
Race Day Registration Sunday at the park - 7:00-8:00am
5K start time - 8:30am
1M start time - 8:35am
Free Kid’s Run - After the finish of the 5K race
There are three registration options available: