15 wheelchair athletes compete in distance classic
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Runners take off from the starting line of the Valley of Gold Half Marathon on Sunday morning in Oro Valley. More than 1,000 people showed up to the Arizona Distance Classic to participate in the Half Marathon Wheelchair, the Valley of Gold Half Marathon, a 5K race and a kid's fun-run.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Wheelchair athletes (above) bolt off the starting line of the Arizona Distance Classic's newest event, the Half Marathon Wheelchair race. Thirteen athletes participated in the new event, and 22-year-old Tucsonan Jordan Bird (pictured) finished first with a time of 48 minutes, 32 seconds.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Anabel Esparza-Torres finished second in her age group with a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes in the 13.1-mile event Sunday morning.