Eighteen runners completed the Sunrise Challenge for 2019, 3.2 miles on a medley of stony trails up around Round Mountain over to the ridge trail finishing on the East Trail via the boulder canyon trail. One walker completed a separate 2 mile course. Event organizers had posted water stops and a guide to make sure runners didn’t get lost, and none did, although one young, fit runner, did run into respiratory difficulties and didn’t finish. He was treated and escorted down by paramedics from the Globe Fire Department who were posted at the park just in case.
Gary Giauque was the over-all male winner with a time of 32:28.58 for a trophy and bragging rights. The over-all female winner was Melody Thomas from San Carlos with a time of 46:12.84. Peggy Bullis, also of San Carlos came in first in the 51-65 year-old slot. Another Apache, Tayshaun Nosie took first among 12 to 20 year-olds completing the run in 37 minutes,5.17 seconds, ahead of Manuel Benedetto who had a time of 46:27.77.
The 51-65 year-old age group was well represented by Bill Nowak, Frank Baroldy and Brian Chambers. Chambers came in with a time of an hour and change, after staying with the runner who was incapacitated.
The oldest runner was Robb Baron, who had come all the way from Green Valley. And the youngest runner was 9 year-old Johana Alvarez.
Organizers have plans for an even bigger event next year since, as volunteer David Abbott remarked, “People like zeros and fives.” He said that next year the timers will have the use of a Chip Timer courtesy of the event’s sponsors, who include Globe Rotary, City of Globe, Gila County, Cobre Valley regional Medical Center, APS Lamont Mortuary, Edward Jones, Dairy Queen, State Farm (Cami Lucero), and Southwest Gas.