Hundreds to run in Madera’s Second Wind 5K

  • This was printed in April of 2014 in The Madera Tribune, a newspaper in Madera, California. This was the 49th installment of my weekly column, Mind Over Miles.

First of all, congratulations to my friends and mentors, Brad Castillo and Phil Gonzalez,

who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Thanks to modern technology I was able to watch Philly cross the line after he kneeled

and prayed at the site of the first explosion at last year’s race. About an hour later I

watched coach Brad kiss the finish line, which he didn’t get to cross last year because the

bombs exploded when he was a half-mile shy of it. What an amazing moment!

If you see Benny Madrigal around town, congratulate him on his personal record of 2

hours and 35 minutes. What a remarkable accomplishment for Madera’s own, who got to

compete in running’s most celebrated race.

Shift gears to what is sure to become Madera’s most celebrated race, the Second Wind

5K, happening Saturday. More than 200 people are registered for Madera’s first timed 5K

(3.1-mile) run, and we’re expecting many more signups at packet pickup on Friday and

on race morning.

What started as a fundraiser for the Madera Rescue Mission and the Madera County Food

Bank has turned into something bigger — a fitness movement. Maderans have rallied

around this race, signed up their friends and family members, offered to volunteer, and

started training for the fresh and fun 5K course at Madera District Fairgrounds.

There will be veteran runners and newbies lined up on the LoanMart Madera Speedway

on Saturday morning. Are you one of them?

Every time I hear someone say Second Wind will be their first 5K, I beam. Whether they

plan to walk, jog or run the race, the energy surrounding the Second Wind has gotten

people moving, and that’s what counts.

There will be several representatives from the Madera running group called the Finishers

out there. Nearly two dozen Posh Movement ladies and Madera’s 100 Days Of Fitness

Challengers will wear tutus in honor of a San Diego woman — and cancer survivor —

who was mocked by Self magazine for wearing a tutu in a race.

The Challengers have committed to at least 30 minutes of exercise daily for 100 straight

days. A husband and wife team has lost 40 pounds in 30 days; the Second Wind 5K will

be their first race. It will also be the first 5K for a Posh Gal named Emma — age 74.

Whoever tells you you’re too old (or too heavy, or too unhealthy, or too whatever) to run

is lying!

Race packets include a T-shirt, a bag of mixed nuts from Braga Organic Farms, a ticket to

the LoanMart Madera Speedway race for Saturday night (a $20 value) and more deals

and treats from local businesses. Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for children 10 to

17. Register today at http://www.secondwind5k.com or in person Friday at Thrive Fitness from

2 to 7 p.m. at packet pickup.

Registration will be available from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Saturday morning before the 8 a.m.

race, but T-shirt quantities are limited and not guaranteed. Registration also increases to

$35 for adults and $30 for children on race day so it’s best to pre-register!

Awards, including a huge race cup for first place overall, are up for grabs! Who’s going

to set the course record?

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