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GCU Running Club’s Madrid, Sims Finish Strong at Mesa-PHX Marathon

February 27, 2018

By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff

At the end of the day, its all about having fun.

This past Saturday, the Grand Canyon University Running Club attended the Sprouts Mesa-PHX Marathon hosted at Mesa Riverview. The Lopes’ junior Manuel Madrid and Head Coach Kim Sims raced with close to 4,000 runners from across the valley to raise money to support high school runners who aim to achieve higher education.

Madrid has ran over a dozen half-marathons (13.1 miles) and added another one under his belt. Madrid ran with a steady pace of 7:51, finishing the half-marathon with a time of 1:43:21, placing 15th out of 62 in his division (Male 19-24).

“This is my second time doing the Mesa-PHX Marathon and I love it,” said Madrid.

“Overall, I was very happy with how it went,” said Madrid. “I went into the race to have fun, which it was.  I am very excited for my next race,” said Madrid.

“As his coach, (I thought) he was well prepared for this race,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Kim Sims. “I am looking forward to his continued progress and reaching his overall fitness goals.”

Sims also ran the half-marathon. Sims ran an 8:32 pace, finishing the half-marathon with the time of 1:52:09.  Sims placed 37th out of 292 in her division (Female 45-49).

“I enjoy running half-marathons,” said Sims. “I have been consistently running them since the early 2000s. I have ran at least 20 half marathons and excited for more!”

The Sprouts Mesa-PHX Marathon is an annual event hosted in Mesa. Runners are encouraged to donate to the Phoenix Marathon Foundation, which aims to provide scholarship opportunities for high school students who participate in running related athletics, and are dedicated to pursue higher education.

The Lopes will race again on March 10 on the GCU campus at the 8th annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer.

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