- This was printed in March of 2015 in The Madera Tribune, a newspaper in Madera, California. This was the 96th installment of my weekly column, Mind Over Miles.
More than 100 fans were in the LoanMart Madera Speedway grandstands, waiting
for something they had never seen before.
Seven-year-old William Jackson waved the checkered flag and the racers took off
around the track. There was no starting of engines, there was no smell of fuel and
Instead, about 300 runners and walkers were speeding around the race track on
nothing but their own two feet. Led by a pace car, the Second Wind 5K participants
ran around the track, around the Madera District Fairgrounds, wove through the
horse and hog barns, and finished the 3.1-mile race by dashing across the checkered
finish line on the Speedway.
Participants and sponsors helped raise $17,000 for two local charities at the event
Madera, I challenge you to top that this Saturday.
The second annual Second Wind 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday on the Speedway
track. Prior to that race, by popular request, a Kids Mini Sprint will be held,
challenging children ages 2 to 10 to run one lap around the Speedway. T-shirts and
ribbons will be awarded to the tiny finishers. The kids race will begin promptly at
Last year the race was made possible with volunteers, sponsors and the support of
Madera. This year the race has an even stronger support system and a tangible
What started as a fundraiser for the Madera Rescue Mission and the Madera County
Food Bank has turned into something huge in this city. Maderans have rallied
around this race, signed up their friends and family members, and offered to
volunteer. Businesses have offered generous backing. Even the Madera Theater has
played the race’s promotional video before each film for the past few weeks.
Veteran runners and newbies will be there. Are you one of them?
Last year the Second Wind became Madera’s first timed 5K community race, this
year the Second Wind will up the ante and provide Madera’s first race expo.
Participants will not only pick up their race packets on Friday, they will also get to
shop, sample and visit some great local sponsors and businesses that will showcase
The expo will be held Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. inside CrossFit Madera, 1920 Modoc
St. If you aren’t already registered for this race, show up at the expo and experience
all that Second Wind has to offer.
Race packets include a t-shirt, a bag of mixed nuts from Braga Organic Farms, a
ticket to the LoanMart Madera Speedway races for Saturday night (a $20 value) and
more deals and treats from local businesses.
Registration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the Kids Mini Sprint. Online registration
closes by the end of the day today at http://www.secondwind5k.com.
Registration will be available from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning before the 8
a.m. race, but t-shirt quantities are limited and not guaranteed. Registration also
increases on race day, so it’s best to pre-register.
Awards, including a huge race cup for first place overall male and female, are up for
This is guaranteed to be the biggest footrace event that Madera will see this year,
and I’m betting you won’t want to miss it.