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‘Lady Liberty’ takes prize

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Carmel Pacheco-Aragon didn’t have to look far for inspiration when she decided to try for the Fiesta Memorial Run’s new prize for outlandish racing attire.

Perhaps caught up in the patriotism of the Independence Day holiday, she crafted a costume based on the Statue of Liberty. She donned a head ornament, wrapped herself in a robe and completed the outfit with a torch replicating the one held aloft by Lady Liberty.

The attention to detail paid off for Aragon, who won the $100 prize for unusual running wear. The contest was sponsored by loved ones of the late Jon Schlosser, one of a number of athletes memorialized in the annual Fiesta Run.

 “Carmel loves running and is a huge promoter for running,” said fellow competitor Mariam Browne. “She made her costume and ran the whole 10K with a fast time in costume!”

“I placed first for the costume contest and second in my age group for the 10K,” Aragon noted. “This is my third year running in this event.”  

Aragon’s time of 51:20 in the 10-kilometer run was good for 37th overall.

 Neil Behrendt, nephew of the late Dana Konno, was Aragon’s closest competition for the costume contest. He went with a tropical theme, sporting a grass hula skirt and dressing his canine companion in similar attire for the 5K walk.

Konno is the namesake of a nursing student scholarship fund for which race proceeds are earmarked.

See future issues of the Optic for more highlights of Sunday’s 2010 Fiesta Run.