LAREDO – The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) Founding Fathers’ 5K Run and Wellness Fair took place on Saturday, February 15th at the Laredo Medical Center (LMC).
Clear skies and pleasant weather greeted 476 participants of all ages at the Founding Fathers’ 5K Run & Wellness Fair.
The top honors for overall male and female went to Israel Gonzalez, with a time of 15:53 and Nora Jimenez with a time of 18:10.
The Fittest Organization award was won by the Laredo Medical Center who had over 88 runners and walkers.
The WBCA cup was won by the RXC Running Club for the third year in a row. The club consists of Josue Huitron (18:19), Rolando Cazares (18:23), Hiram Orozco (18:29); Diego Ramirez (18:30), Michael Casso (18:56), Annette Jimenez (22:30) and Miranda Hernandez (24:07).
The Most Patriotic Award went to Team Toxic which consisted of Cesar Arce, Jonathan Castillo, Dave Sexton, Joshua Nuñez, Jose Alvarado, Alberto Escobedo, Efrain Dominguez, Kimberly Lee, Gloria Guajardo and Valente Esparza.
All attendees were also able to take advantage of the outdoor wellness fair, which offered complimentary screenings of blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, vision checks, pulmonary function and more.
“The annual WBCA Founding Fathers’ 5K Run & Wellness Fair is an event Laredo Medical Center takes much pride and joy in sponsoring each year,” said Enrique Gallegos, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, LMC. “As the leading medical facility in Laredo, we are committed to keeping our community healthy, and we are privileged to be able to partner with WBCA in hosting this family-fun event.”
The Founding Fathers’ 5K Fun Run is sponsored by Laredo Medical Center, Bai, Academy® Sports+Outdoors and Delta Dental. In-kind sponsors are the City of Laredo Parks and Leisure Services Department and McDonald’s of Laredo.
Age division winners: Men (Under11) Braulio E. Guardiola 22.00; (Age 12-14) Josue Huitron 18:19; (Age 15-19) Jose Esqueda 15:59; (Age 20-29) Alejandro Cruz 16:05; (Age 30-39) Israel Gonzalez 15:53; (Age 40-49) Sergio Najera 19:35; (Age 50-59) Carlos Arrambide 21:15; (Age Over 60) Tomas Becerra 35.47.
Age division winners: Women (Under 11) Daniela Garcia 32:48; (Age 12-14) Diana Barrientos 22:00; (Age 15-19) Valerie Garcia 18:56; (Age 20-29) Selina Balderas 19:35; (Age 30-39) Nora Jimenez 18:10; (Age 40-49) Janie Martinez 23:24; (Age 50-59) Lulu Gilpin 24:55; (Over 60) Alma Molina 29:27.
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Tickets for the rest of the 2020 Celebration can be purchased at the WBCA ticket kiosk inside Mall Del Norte — while supplies last! Last day for pre-sale tickets is Friday, February 21. Hours of operation for the ticket kiosk will be Monday thru Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket kiosk will be closed on Sundays. Tickets to the Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña and WBCA Stars & Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by Miller Lite can also be purchased online at wbcaairshow.com and jalapenofest.org.
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The Washington’s Birthday Celebration, founded in 1898, is the largest Celebration of its kind in the United States.
Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling jalapeño festival and much more. Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and yearly contributes an estimated $14 million to the local economy.