On the very crisp morning of Saturday, January 25, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Health Services, Diabetes Prevention Services held the 2020 Run Against Diabetes. The New Year’s “Journey to Wellness” road race included 5K, 2-mile and 1-mile runs and a Kid’s Dash. 

On-site registration was available, and the first 150 participants received a long-sleeved shirt (see picture for design). After registration, the morning began with a blessing and a few warm-up and stretching activities. The Kid’s Dash was the first race, a 50-yard sprint for youngsters to participate in. 

The longer races began and ended at the Salt River High School athletics building. The route headed east on Chaparral Road and continued down East Canal Bank Road. The “turn around” signs for the 2- and 1-mile runs were on East Canal Bank Road, and the “turn around” for the 5K was on North Horne Street.

Overall, 184 people came out to the run, which is in its second year. Staff handed out medals for the top qualifiers in the age categories. 

For more information on the services offered and activities sponsored by Diabetes Prevention Services, please call (480) 362-7320.