On April 27, 72 registered participants, 18 volunteers, and 19 sponsors created three hours of fun for the J-6/Mescal Whetstone 5K Run/Walk.
Overall male winner Christopher Froelich of Sierra Vista completed the 3.1 miles in 23 minutes, 37.9 seconds while overall female winner Linda D. of Benson clocked in at 29:38.2 minutes. Overall Assisted Athletes Josh Greiner and Katie Smith rolled in at 26:48.7 and 37:26.1 minutes respectively.
Officer Rick Shelley from the Sheriff Assist Team confirmed all participants were off the course by 8:45 a.m. – over an hour ahead of schedule!
Rebecca Brin, representing Trophy Sponsor SSVEC, presented Arizona Team Hoyt with the Fastest Team Trophy for 26:48.5 minutes and the Largest Team Award with 16 members. Jim Vermilyea, representing Title Sponsor Red Hawk at J-6 Ranch, presented one of the event’s most valued awards – Ambassadors Across the Ages, an award given to the oldest and youngest male and female participants.
Most Mature Run/Walk Male went to Richard Wic, 81, of Benson, with Aidan Beamish, at 14, of Vail. Most Mature Female was Sue Smith, 78, of Tucson, and Youngest was Jade Boyer, 15, of Mescal. Ambassadors have their registration fee refunded and receive a complimentary invitation for the April 25, 2020 Event.
HCI and Mescal Fire First Responders on standby supported one overheated participant who quickly recovered to join in the rowdy raffling of over 40 prizes donated by generous sponsors and visiting the photo-op station for the memorable selfie!
Megan Politi, Race Director; and members of CDO-CATT thanked each and every volunteer who greeted participants at the registration table, the water crew girls, the ladies and gent serving spa water and refreshments.