Runners in Rio Rancho took advantage of the 2012 Hobbler Gobbler on November 22 to burn calories on Thanksgiving morning. The Run Fit event took place at the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center and included a 10K, 5K, and Kids 1K races. The 10K race was scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. with the 5K race following at 9:05 a.m., however the 5K race actually started at 9:15 a.m. The Kids 1K race started on time at 10:15 a.m. The awards ceremony followed the Kids 1K race. The post-race event was small, but included water and sports drinks as well as bakery items from House of Bread.
The 5K and 10K routes were well marked by orange cones and staffed with volunteers. There were two hydration stations along the course. For those unaccustomed to Rio Rancho, the hills along the course came as a surprise. The race packets included timer chips and the results were displayed digitally as runners crossed the finish line, but the start line itself was not obvious. The Kids 1K event was not a timed event, but all registered participants recived a long-sleeved t-shirt and a race bib as well as a medal upon finishing the race. The kids and parents were enthusiastic and were greeted by volunteers in turkey costumes at the finish line.
For a holiday morning, the race was well attended. There were 389 participants in the 5K event and 226 runners in the10K race. Race results are available online. The top 10K male finisher was 19-year old Hunter Firebaugh of Albuquerque and the top 10K female finisher was 29-year old Christina Sheehan also of Albuquerque. The top 5K male finisher was 19-year old Tyler Saiz of Albuquerque and the top 5K female finisher was 12-year old Isabel Gallegos also of Albuquerque.
Overall, the 2012 Hobbler Gobbler was a typical Run Fit event. It was well attended for a small event, the course was well marked, and the post-race event was small. However, portions of the race organization were confusing. The information provided to participants indicated that the only time to pick up packets would be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Albuquerque and that no packets could be picked up on the day of the event. In the end, this was not the case and registration and packets were available at the event. Also, the participant information also including conflicting information about whether strollers would be allowed.
Although Run Fit events are generally small, their mission is worth supporting. The Run Fit mission is to
” provide opportunities for children to engage in running at all levels as a means to a healthy, active and positive lifestyle. To reach out and inspire the forgotten young people in society; to give them a sense of believing in themselves; to help them understand that winning in life means trying your best, working your hardest, and never giving up; and to develop the awareness of a healthy lifestyle for the youth and their families in our community through running, and healthy nutrition.”
Run Fit will sponsor the Kringle Jingle 12K event on December 1 and the NM Farolito “Trail of Lights” 5K and Kids 1K event on December 16. Consider participating in one or both of the events to support Run Fit and their mission to keep kids healthy.
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