BY AALIYAH MONTOYA | DOUGLAS DISPATCH
March 29, 2016

The first annual D Hill 5K Run/Walk event, held around Airport Park and D Hill on March 19, raised over $7,903 to benefit the community’s Light the D project.

Event organizers from the Light the D Committee, Douglas Rotary Club, City of Douglas, and Douglas Unified School District, say that this race turned out to be a great success for all parties involved, exceeding expectations.

Seventy-eight runners, of all ages, participated in a competitive and just-for-fun lap.

The D Hill 5K course consisted of 3.66 miles of desert, which looped around D Hill, onto Geronimo Trail, and back towards the walking trails at Airport Park.

This year’s placing winners are as follows.

In the Men’s 16 to 29 Age Group: first place Alexander Ortiz, second place David Chavez, and third place David Melendez; in the Women’s 16 to 29 Age Group: first place Zueyzen Montano, second place Kayla Vasquez, and third place Paola Gonzalez; in the Men’s 30 to 49 Age Group: first place Jose Padilla, second place Luis Pedroza, and third place Addam Andrews; in the Women’s 30 to 49 Age Group: first place Magdalena Moreno, second place Melissa Padilla, and third place Maria Valdibia; in the Men’s 50+ Age Group: first place David Gonzalez, second place, Michael Ferranto, and third place Ward Cinnamon; in the Women’s 50+ Age Group: first place Ana Myers, second place Marina Montano, and third place Terry Dillman.

The first place Organizational Team win went to The Douglas Dungeon.

Avid runner Jose Padilla, first to cross the finish line, says the course was fun for him.

“It was a pretty rough track, but it went good,” said Padilla. “I did this to help out the community because it’s a great cause.”

Light the D Committee Facilitator, Ana Urquijo says the goal for phase one of the Light the D Project is $20,000, which includes bringing the power source to D Hill.

Organizers hope to continue this event as an annual effort for raising money to keep the D lit.

This year’s event sponsors were as follows.

Light the D Major Sponsors: The City of Douglas, Douglas Rotary Club, Douglas Unified School District, and Sun Valley Rides, LLC; One a Bulldog Always a Bulldog Sponsors: Cochise County Sheriff Assist Team, Ames Diversified Services, LLC, The Mahoney Group, and Sun Magazine; Keep the Pick Sponsor:Freeport McMoRan; Beat Bisbee Sponsors: Dr. Michael and Windy Gomez, Douglas Run Walk for the Cure, Kristine L. Gomez DDS.PC., Ann English Cochise County Supervisor, RGON Technology Solutions, LLC, Long Realty, Greater Douglas Chamber of Commerce, and OsVil International; Black and Gold Sponsors: Copper Queen Community Hospital, Edward Jones, Anderson Photo and Trophy, Aqua Life, Smartworks Plus, and Black Crown Entertainment; Copper Kettle Sponsor: Once Upon a Dream Dance Company.

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