Volume No. 16 Issue No. 10 October 2019  

  Annual D 4.9K Walk/Run –- a family affair
  By Lindsey Harrison

     On Sept. 14, the El Paso County Colorado School District 49 hosted the third annual D 4.9K Walk/Run at Falcon High School. My 11-year-old daughter, Dacey, and I were among the 585 registered participants who showed up on a hot Saturday morning to run almost 3 miles.
   The run began on the FHS track and wound around the baseball field, onto the path in the open space behind the school before snaking back around and ending back on the track. The course featured hills and flat areas and was not for the faint of heart. I was unable to run the entire course; however, Dacey ran the whole way and finished about 11 minutes before I did. But I finished; and, for my first official race, I was pretty happy with the outcome.
   Hayden Newberg, a student at Skyview Middle School and member of the school’s cross-country team, was the first female to finish with a time of 22:13. Gregory Jemo of Colorado Springs finished first for the men’s group with a time of 21:28.
   In addition to the main event, there was a 49-yard dash for kids and a 49-yard dash for the various school mascots who attended. Participants received a goodie bag with a long sleeve T-shirt, and finishers were rewarded with a medal and post-race snacks.
   The Golden Shoe, a prize awarded to the D 49 school with the highest number of participants, went to Stetson Elementary School.
Participants of the D 4.9K Walk/Run wind their way up path behind Falcon High School. Photos by Lindsey Harrison
Lindsey and Dacey Harrison start off the D 4.9K Walk/Run all smiles. Immediately following this photo, Dacey ran ahead, abandoning Lindsey to run the race alone.
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