Jon Austria/The Daily TimesRace to Educate a 5K, 10K and half marathon starting at Hutchison Stadium on Saturday morning.
Jon Austria/The Daily Times Race to Educate a 5K, 10K and half marathon starting at Hutchison Stadium on Saturday morning. (Jon Austria)
FARMINGTON — The Saturday morning sun stained the low hanging clouds grapefruit pink. A chill hung in the air, yet almost 300 runners lined up by the field at Farmington High School.

At 8 a.m. an air horn blasted through the early morning silence and the runners took off, Half marathoners, 10 K runners, 5K runners. The first Race to Educate had started.

"Farmington is such a strong supporter of the schools," said Julie Levy, director of government and public affairs for BP's Rocky Mountain Region. "For BP, we're just proud to be a part of it. We're so proud to be a part of the fabric of the community. There are so many people that put so much energy into making this possible."

The three routes wound through northwest Farmington's streets, with the half marathon continuing on to dirt trails north of Pinon Hills Boulevard.

Volunteers from around the community lined the route cheering the runners on and handing out water at designated water stations. About 120 volunteers participated, said Sara Dean, member of the Foundation For Educational Excellence Board of Directors.

"It was a privilege to be part of such a great planning team," Dean said. "It was a treat to see."

San Juan Regional Medical Center provided emergency medical technicians along the course to assist runners if needed, said the medical center's Full Engagement Training Program Manager Sandra Grunwaldt.


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She praised organizers for including a variety of terrain, and providing options suitable for runners of all ages and fitness levels.

"That made it really run," she said. "You never got bored."

Members of the Foundation For Educational Excellence began planning the race in January 2012.

"We plan on doing it again," said Dolores Cammon, event co-chair.

The event raised between $55,000 and $60,000, Cammon said, the exact fundraising results are not yet available. All money raised will benefit local schools.

Christi Webb of Farmington, Joe Gomez of Bloomfield and David Bloom of Dove Creek, Colo. placed first, second and third in the half marathon event. Audre Harvey of Red Valley, Ariz., Gregory Penn of Farmington and Donny Ortiz of Farmington placed first, second and third in the 10K event. Mark Johnson, Jarrett Graham and Luis Soliz of Farmington placed first second and third in the 5K..