Jim Click’s Run ‘N’ Roll for Arizona Adaptive Athleticsby Andy Morales on Oct. 06, 2013, under Sports
As we all know, Jim Click has been an active supporter of all athletic programs at Arizona and that includes the disabled community.
In 1981 one of his employees suffered an injury that left him a quadriplegic. Richard Nolen was one of his automotive body repairmen and Click visited Nolen in the hospital and vowed to do all he could to help him.
Nolen returned to Arizona after extensive rehab in Colorado and became a successful athlete in the Adaptive Athletics Program there. Click followed Nolen’s athletic progress and supported all fundraisers held by the program, even to the point of getting in a wheelchair and racing in what was once called “Push-N-Plod.”
Push-N-Plod was a basic fundraiser based on donations collected per lap on the old track that used to be inside Arizona Football Stadium. Click decided that he wanted to take the event to a new level to further help the disabled community and made it an event that would soon be nationally recognized.
Former Arizona football coach Dick Tomey lent his name to the race and it was renamed “The Dick Tomey Pony Express” in 1995. Click provided a Mustang as the grand prize. The race became “Jim Click’s Run ‘N’ Roll” in 2000 and former Arizona Track Coach Dave Murray stepped in and designed a world-class course for the event.
It is because of Click’s well-known generosity that programs to assist adaptive athletics have been funded.
Other organizations have stepped in to promote and build the event to new levels.
One such program is the Southern Arizona Roadrunners (SAR). SAR is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking.
According to their website, their vision is to, “…utilize running events to help local charities raise funds while promoting a healthy community. We want to be a resource for schools, companies, and civic organizations when they seek to develop running-related fitness programs.”
You can visit them at their WEBSITE.
Pima Medical Institute Elite Wheelchair Race
Raced under Criterium format. With speeds approaching 20 miles-per-hour, this race is for the very elite.
World-class athletes such as University of Arizona student and Team USA member Jordan Bird, Shirley Riley, Adam Cruz and Jose Adriano took part.
1 Adam Cruz 12:28.0
2 Jordan Bird 12:28.0
3 Jose Adriano 13:20.0
1 Shirley Riley 12:29.0
2 Tiffany Confer 18:20.0
3 Kanya Sesser 20:12.0
BeachFleischman PC Open Run – 8K
Flagstaff runner Yonas Mebrahtu came in with a time of 23:55 to lead the overall results and former Japanese Olympian Yuriko Kobayashi came in with a time of 27:10.
3K Ford Motor Company Fun Run
A shorter run that can be a competitive challenge or a nice walk with families, pets and strollers.
MY TEAM TRIUMPH of SOUTHERN ARIZONA
According to local treasurer and mother Denise King, “My Team Triumph” was created in 2011 to provide equipment, fees and runners to help kids and disabled adults participate in racing events.
Denise and husband Steve have a son, Lucas, who has Cerebral Palsy. Lucas, like all athletes in the program, is a “Captain” and the runners who assist the captains are called “Angels.”
My Team Triumph has raised funds to purchase equipment and cover the cost of race entry fees.
For more information visit their WEBSITE.
JUNIORS ACTIVE IN WHEELCHAIR SPORTS (JAWS)
JAWS identifies children between the ages of 5-18 with disabilities and then provides them a no-cost chance to participate in sports. Young athletes participate in sporting events every Saturday morning from 10 am -noon at the Northwest Neighborhood Center on Grant and 6th Avenue.
For more information contact the director, Peter Hughes at 520 626-5499 or email@example.com
In conjunction with JAWS, Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide will be having a bowling fundraiser on Saturday, November 16 from 1-3 pm at Fiesta Lanes on West River to help raise funds and provide adaptive equipment for developing countries where wheelchair sports are not available.
Contact Anushka Mohideen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Former UA track coach, Dave Murray is the race director.
Current Arizona Track & Field and Cross Country coach Fred Harvey is also one of the directors of the race and he served as the official starter.
BeachFleischman PC won the award for the largest group.
The UA Track & Field Team was the largest volunteer group.
Awards were handed out for age groups from age 11-and-under through 99 and above.
All event photos are free for public use except for daily-print media publications. Proper credit allowed for all other media outlets: Andy Morales Photos.