Let’s Move Day 2017
6th Annual McKelligon Canyon Challenge
El Paso, Texas » Hundreds of runners and walkers hit McKelligon Canyon Road on September 17, 2017 for the 6th Annual McKelligon Canyon Challenge 5K run/walk. Approximately 630 men, women, and children of all ages participated in this year’s event.
The popular race, which takes participants on a tough course that is known for its use in military training, was started in 2012 by several Seventh-day Adventist churches and the El Paso on the Move group as a part of the Adventist Instep for Life initiative, “Let’s Move Day,” to help fight the obesity epidemic. The event has since seen ongoing success and continues to grow each year. According to event organizers, this was the biggest race yet.
“Many churches sense a responsibility to reach out to the world outside their walls, and the El Paso on the Move organization, along with the Adventist churches in the area, are doing a tremendous job in giving a positive testimony through this event,” said Texico Conference President and race participant, Lee-Roy Chacon. “They’re are not only reaching out to the running community but to the El Paso community at large. People in this area now know the Adventist name and realize how important health is to our faith.”
Among this year’s winners was 16-year-old Michael Abeyta, who finished first in his age group and was the overall winner with a time of 16:47. This was Michael’s fourth year in a row winning the race and friends and family say he is improving his time every year and is just getting started. In addition to receiving colorful race T-shirts and finisher medals, race participants and attendees also enjoyed music and healthy snacks, and received health and Christian literature from several vendors and organizations.