2015 El Tour Season Opens With Run/Walk Along The Rillito

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Photo by Sheila Foraker

Photo by Sheila Foraker

TUCSON, AZ – The Diamond Ventures 18th Annual El Tour Adventure 10K & 5K Run/Walk offered 272 registrants clear skies and cool temperatures early Saturday morning on September 19 at the 7:00 a.m. start.

The proceeds from the “kick-off” event for El Tour season benefit Girls on the Run Tucson (GOTR) – a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8thgrade.   The event also supports 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 begin and end at The Gregory School. The courses offer participants an adventurous route, mostly flat on the multi-use Rillito River Path, avoiding motor vehicle traffic on the streets. Approximately $1,200 was raised for the event beneficiary.

5K Podium – Men

1st – Paul Gesl, 34, Tucson, 20:04; 2nd – Stuart Hancock, 62, Tucson, 22:52; 3rd – Michael Beals, 36,Tucson, 22:57

5K Podium – Women

Rebecca Rogers, 1st 5K Female

Rebecca Rogers of Tucson cruises into the finish: 1st 5K Female Photo by Sheila Foraker

1st – Rebecca Rogers, 19, Tucson, 21:09;

2nd – Kirstin Weible, 30, Tucson, 23:54;

3rd – Melissa Salamanca, 30, Tucson, 24:21





10K Podium – Men

Brian Hall has run in ALL 18 El Tour Run/Walk events and has been the 1st Male Finisher almost all of the time! Photo by Sheila Foraker

Brian Hall of Tucson has run in ALL 18 El Tour Run/Walk events and has been the 1st Male Finisher almost all of the time!

Photo by Sheila Foraker

1st – Brian Hall, 38, Tucson, 36:20;

2nd – Mitchell Wherry, 31, Tucson, 37:17;

3rd – Claudio Bravo, 30, Tucson, 38:47

10K Podium – Women

1st – Susan Ahrens, 57, Tucson, 45:04; 2nd – Sabrina Forbes, 31, Tucson, 45:38; 3rd – Christine Mowbray, 26, Tucson, 46:14


Click for complete results.  Read Tail Winds Nov/Dec issue for El Tour Run wrap-up.

Other Sponsors & Contributors

AZ1DMAT, Banner – University Medical Center, Bohac  Consulting Services, City of Tucson, CP Graphics, Cortiva Institute Tucson, Dakotapro.biz, DoubleTree Reid Park, Kola’s LLC, Madden Media, McDonald’s, Michelob ULTRA, Pactimo, Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc., Pima County Parks and Recreation, RBar Energy, Rio Nuevo, Safeway, Scripps Media, Don Francisco, Tail Winds, The Gregory School, The U of A Cancer Center, Tucson Medical Center, Visit Tucson, Whole Foods

Other 2015 Events

Perimeter Bicycling also organizes the Cenpatico Integrated Care 28th Cochise County Cycling Classic presented by Canyon Vista Medical Center, October 10th and the 33rd El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol Resort, November 21st. Applications can be found at local bicycle and running shops or online at perimeterbicycling.com.

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