Second Wind is back, bigger and better

  • 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

last year.

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

7:30 a.m.

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

their products.

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

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.


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