600 runners take part in Heroes RGV 5K Run/Walk
HARLINGEN — It was hard but he never stopped.
“My heart kept me going,” said Enrique Gallegos, 10, who’d just finished the 4th Annual Run with the Heroes RGV 5K Run/Walk yesterday.
He was one of more than 600 runners and walkers who participated in the event to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Rio Grande Valley and the Humane Society of Harlingen.
The run was organized by the Harlingen Police Department.
“It’s been a great morning,” said Orlando Gonzalez, district representative for the Harlingen Police Department.
Participants had just left the starting line at Jackson Street and S. A Street, moving briskly into the morning sun. As they returned onlookers cheered and waved shiny pompoms. Sweat glistened on heaving bodies as they crossed the line and accepted a medal. One runner checked his watch.
“ I feel pretty good,” said Alex Jimenez, who’d come in with a time of 19 minutes and 26 seconds..
He routinely participates in runs such as this.
“ I run with other runners in these events, 5K and 10K,” he said.
The first woman to finish the race almost didn’t make it to the event at all. Amparo Alvarez, 37, had hurt her back Thursday during a workout. She wondered if the injury would keep her from running, but yesterday morning arrived and she did, too.
“ I did it for my special needs child,” said Alvarez of San Benito.
“ That’s my motivation,” she said. “I like it especially because it’s for a good cause. I love running.”
Young and old came out for the event. Some saw it as a chance to prepare for athletic events.
“ I want to go into track so it’s a good practice to get used to it,” said Vianey Martinez, 13, an eighth grader at Vernon Middle School.
“ It’s really to get fit, a great way to get healthy,” she said.
The event raised well over $10,000, said Harlingen Police Chief Jeffry Adickes. He was delighted by the event’s success, as was Mayor Chris Boswell.
“ What a great turnout,” he said. “I think this is really saying a lot about the City of Harlingen.”
Runners continued arriving to the cheers and gratitude of everyone at the finish. Certainly the animals at the Humane Society of Harlingen and the children helped by Make-A-Wish RGV will appreciate the effort too.