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GCU Running Club Eats Up at the Runner’s Den Pancake Run

February 6, 2018

By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff

Sunday is for pancakes and running.

This past Sunday, the Grand Canyon University Running Club participated in the 40th Annual Runner’s Den Pancake Run presented by IHOP hosted in Paradise Valley. The Lopes raced with over 2,000 people to set a new personal records, and for some short stacks.

In this race, two Lopes accomplished firsts for themselves. Senior team leader Kaley Ault and junior Reyba Calcano both ran their first ever 10k (6.2 miles) race.

Ault finished third in her age division (Female 20-24) with an impressive time of 54:16.

“I’ve always done 5k’s, so I wanted to do something a bit different,” said Ault. “I would like to do a marathon, so I am building up to that by running longer distances. After the race I felt relieved, but it also felt great. I want to do more 10k’s and longer races in the future. I think I have a lot of room for improvement.”

Calcano finished sixth in the same division with a time of 1:04.

“I made it a goal to run my first ever 10K by spring semester after being a part of the GCU running club since September of 2017,” said Calcano. “After the race, I felt proud of myself for how hard I worked to get this far. My favorite part about running races like this one, is that I can see my improvements in every race.”

At the end of the race, all runners were able to enjoy not only customized pancake medals, but short stacks offered by IHOP.

The Runner’s Den is a premier running store that offers a variety of products and races to benefit runners of all experience. A special charity partner was selected, Girls on the Run, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the run. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program dedicated to creating countless opportunities for young girls to be themselves reach their full potential.

The Lopes will race again at the end of the month at the Phoenix Marathon.

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