Templo Bethel, a local church on Third Street in Douglas, held its second annual 5K Color Race Saturday at the 10th Street Park.
The 5K event was a way to encourage local residents to go out and enjoy the summer by running and being active. It was something different for the Douglas community that brought many local people together.
“As a church this was our way of showing love for our community,” said Templo Bethel Youth Pastor Ismael Cortez. “We wanted to be able to put smiles on the faces of all those that showed up here today and let them know that only do we love them but that Jesus loves them.”
Approximately 225 people came together to enjoy the race and the good weather while an estimated 140 of them either ran or walked in the 5K race.
The race started at 5 p.m. and ended at 6:30 p.m. with a color war and an after party.
Ricky Melendez was the overall winner of the race for the second straight year finishing with a time of 18-minutes, 27 seconds.
“Today was a lot of fun,” Melendez said after finishing. “There is something about this race that makes it fun to run in.”
Melendez currently serves in the Air Force National Guard. He added since physical conditioning is something they do on a regular basis it wasn’t that difficult getting ready for this race.
Zueyzen Pinedo was the overall top female finishing with a time of 21:32.
She added the first part of the race was challenging but then she caught her second wind and was able to push through to the finish.
Pinedo finished second last year but she was also pushing her daughter Zozyafernanda in a stroller. This year her husband, Fernando, had the stroller with her now almost 2-years-old daughter inside. Fernando still managed to finish third overall in the men’s division with a time of 27:54.
She added this was a fun event for the family and the fact their daughter got to be a part of it as well made it all the more special.
Marco Franco who had a time of 24:51, came in second place in the men’s division while Maria Terrazas, who turned in a time of 25:54, came in second place in the women’s division
Third place for the women went to Laura Franco who finished with a time of 25:55.
Cortez said putting the race together was not only a church effort, but also a community effort.
“We are a local church partnering up with people who believe in us and are willing to support what we do,” he said.
Event sponsors this year were: Bordados y Serigrafia, The UPS Store, Southwest Gas, the Mexican Consulate, Mankerotech, Koral Haircuts and the City of Douglas.