Highlight: Respect 5k and AZ Trail 1/2 Marathon

With the desert heat rolling in, it’s time to get as many races in as possible.  This weekend, there are 2 events on the schedule.  The summer heat is approaching quickly, but I have plenty of races still on the calendar.

Saturday, April 16th: Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Respect 5K

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.  According to RAINN.org:

  • Every 107 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.
  • 293,000 people per year are victims of sexual assault.
  • 44% of victims are under the age of 18
  • 80% of victims are over the age of 30
  • 68% of sexual assaults are never reported to the police
  • 4 out of 5 sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows

This Saturday, my family and I will be running to help spread awareness of sexual assault.  This race has very limited entries as it is a free race, and is currently full.  If interested in helping out, they will be collecting non-perishable food donations which will do directly to families in need.  Please keep checking the race page, as entries may open up throughout the week.

Sunday, April 17th: Arizona Trail Half-Marathon & 10K – Vail

gabe zimmerman trailhead sign

(Image Credit: thoughtsandadventures.com)

While I have never run in Vail, AZ, I am thoroughly looking forward to checking this trail race out.  My 50 mile race is scheduled to take place in the same area, and this race will give me a bit of an idea of what I will have on my plate in November.

The Arizona Trail half is currently capped out at 90 runners, but entry for the 10K is still currently open.  We will be running between the Santa Clarita and Rincon mountains, at a slightly higher elevation than the Phoenix area.  Most exciting to me, is the fabulous downhill elevation profile!  Look at that down hill!

AZ Trail elevation profile

Last year, 37 runners finished the 1/2 marathon.  With a cap of 90 already met, it’s exciting to watch as this small trail race continues to grow.  There is also talk of adding a full marathon in the future, so here’s hoping it is a great race!

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