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GCU Running Club: Here Comes Santa 5k

Christmas themed race medals
December 13, 2019

Lopes earn three Top 2 finishes in age groups at inaugural race

By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff

“It might have been chaotic, but we Loped up,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Kim Weeldreyer.

The Grand Canyon University Running Club had a few challenges on Sunday in the inaugural Here Comes Santa 5k race in Scottsdale. Three members of the GCU Running Club took on rainy weather and a last-minute change in the race course.

The runners would now have to run three one-mile loops, instead of running the full original course.

“It was cold, rainy and there were unexpected changes,” said Weeldreyer. “The race itself was chaotic because they had to change the race course due to lack of road closures. However, the girls ran great given the circumstances.”

Leading the way for GCU was Jenna Miller, who recorded a great time at 23 minutes and 3 seconds. Miller placed first in her age group (female 18-24), as well as taking fifth overall.

“I may not have improved time-wise, but I definitely improved on how I handle obstacles,” said Miller. “As a runner, I knew running loops were not ideal for running a fast time. Normally, I would let this get to me, however, Kaylee and I decided to have fun with it.”

Lopes’ Kaylee Padour placed second in her age group (female 18-24) running alongside Miller with a time of 23:04. Padour had a sixth-place finish overall. 

Running their first race was Lopes’ Dara Miranda who clocked in a time of 27:37, placing second in her age group (female 14-17).

“Every practice, I learn something new,” said Miranda. “After the race, I established a new goal and that is to do 22 minutes in a 5k. With that being said, I hope to improve my breathing and resistance skills for my next race.”

Take a look below at how all the Lopes finished in their respective races.

Jenna Miller 5K F18-24 1st 20:08 5th overall
Kaylee Padour 5K F18-24 2nd 19:20 6th overall
Dara Miranda 5K F14-17 2nd 18:33 36th overall

The Lopes will now prepare for the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Dec. 15.

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