El Tour 2014 Season Opens With Run/Walk Along The Rillito River

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


And they’re off! Photo by Eric Peffer

TUCSON, AZ – For the 17th year, Diamond Ventures El Tour Adventure 10K & 5K Run/Walk presented by Special Olympics kicked off the El Tour season with 328 participants at the 7:00 a.m. start. 

The family-friendly event was held for the benefit of Ben’s Bells Project helping all to “believe in the power of kindness.”  The event also supported myTeam Triumph, an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.

 The 10K and 5K courses began and ended at The Gregory School. The courses offered participants an adventurous route, mostly flat on the multi-use Rillito River Path, avoiding motor vehicle traffic on the streets.


At 93 years young, Agnes Paulsen of Tucson was awarded the Most Distinguished Run/Walker trophy. Agnes is pictured along the Rillito River 5K route with her daughter Ann Kozachik who also completed the run. Photo by Eric Peffer

10K Mens Podium:
1st – Brian Hall, 39, Tucson, AZ, 36:33:00

2nd — Angel  Ochoa, 27, Tucson, AZ, 38:05:00

3rd — Brian Soto, 39, Litchfield Park, AZ, 39:10:00

10K Womens Podium:
1st – Isabel Echegary, 33, Tucson, AZ, 43:01:04

2nd — Kimberly Fitzpatrick, 44, Tucson, AZ 52:12:00

3rd  — Maria Gago, 23, Tucson, AZ, 52:19:00

5K Mens Podium:
1st – William Stoll, 40, Tucson, AZ, 20:36:00

2nd – Russell Perez,14,
Tucson, AZ, 20:45:00

3rd – Shawn Finnicum, 35, Tucson, AZ, 20:50:00

5K Womens Podium:
1st – Celeste Goguen, 25, Tucson, AZ, 26:20:00

2nd – Melody Bailey, 55, Tucson, AZ, 27:28:00

3rd – Angela Greynolds, 30, Oro Valley, AZ, 28:09:00

Complete Run Results are online and will be published in Tail Winds Nov/Dec issue. Check El Tour Adventure Run/Walk Facebook page for event pictures or to share your pictures!

Sponsors & Contributors
Antidote Body Therapies, AZ1DMAT, Ben’s Bells Project, Bohac Consulting Services, Casino Del Sol Resort, City of Tucson, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, CP Graphics, DakotaPro.biz, Diamond Ventures, Don Francisco, Journal Broadcast Group, Kola’s LLC, Madden Media, McDonald’s, McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse, Michelob ULTRA, myTeam Triumph, Old Pueblo Grille, Pactimo, Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Pima County Parks and Recreation, Polar Bottle, Sleep America, Special Olympics, The Gregory School, Tail Winds, Tucson Subaru, The University of Arizona Medical Center, University of Arizona Cancer Center, Visit Tucson
Other 2014 Events
Perimeter Bicycling also organizes the 27th Cochise County Cycling Classic, October 11, 2014 and the Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino de Sol Resort, November 22, 2014.  Applications can be found at local bicycle and running shops or online at perimeterbicycling.com.

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