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Elite Runners Will Finish “Mountain To The Fountain 15K Race” In Fountain Hills Sat. March 12th

Mar 11

filed under: Community Events, Living In Fountain Hills

RacersAfter an eleven year absence the Mountain to the Fountain 15K race is being revived on Saturday morning, March 12th. The race kicks off at McDowell Mountain Regional Park at 8:30 a.m. with the finish line near Saguaro Blvd. and Avenue of the Fountains.  The awards ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. at Fountain Park here in Fountain Hills. This race is attracting some of the best of the best, participating are many Arizona-based national class athletes, American record holders, U.S. national champions, and Olympic trial qualifiers. The state’s largest purse for the year, $10,000 in prize money is what they will be competing for.

20K – 25K record holders include Fernando Cabada of Boulder Colorado, Brett Gotcher of Flagstaff.  Headlining athletes include two 2012 U.S. Olympic team hopefuls, Stephanie Rothstein and Sally Meyerhoff, who was the winner of the 2011 PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon with a time of 2:37:55.

Susan Shumacher, two-time U.S. marathon trials qualifier and the race’s athlete coordinator says “Top to bottom, we think this will be one of the most competitive Arizona-organized road races the state has hosted in recent memory”.

To help celebrate Fountain Hills participation, in what we hope will be the first of many Mountain to the Fountain races, there will be plenty to do and “eat” at Fountain Park for the entire family. In the morning The Noon Kiwanis Club, by the parks amphitheater will be serving pancake breakfasts in the morning and hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch. The VFW and AMVETS posts will have a beer garden and bouncies for children. In the late afternoon popular local band “Flashback” will be performing.

The weather is going to be great, this really is a very exciting event, so come on out and cheer on these amazing athletes and enjoy what promises to be a fun filled day in Fountain Hills.

Written by Howard Harris