Approximately 100 participants took part in the first-ever Rio Rancho Public Schools Fun Run Saturday at Joe Harris Elementary School.

The event, which honored Native American Heritage Month, was hosted by RRPS’s Federal, Bilingual and Native American Programs Department.

The participants, comprised of RRPS students and their families, school staff and other community members, could run or walk the two-mile course. There was also a one-mile option.

The course began with the competitors exiting through the school’s back entrance toward Westside Boulevard and continue all the way to Unser Boulevard. The competitors then came back the opposite way on Westside Boulevard toward the school to complete the race.

Descriptions for each photo are listed below, starting with the first one on the screen:
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Participants take off from the starting line during the first-ever Rio Rancho Public Schools Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Joe Harris Elementary School.

Alfred Yazzie competes in the first-ever Rio Rancho Public Schools Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Joe Harris Elementary School.

Photos 3-5: Participants make their way along the course during the first-ever Rio Rancho Public Schools Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Joe Harris Elementary School.

Julie Lords gets warmed up for the first-ever Rio Rancho Public Schools Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Joe Harris Elementary School.

Collyn Tomoyose, a sophomore with Rio Rancho’s cross country team, is the first to cross the finish line during the first-ever Rio Rancho Public Schools Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Joe Harris Elementary School.

Asher Crotwell, a third grader at Joe Harris Elementary School, darts toward the finish line during the first-ever Rio Rancho Public Schools Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Crotwell took third place overall.

Erik Andries, right, and his son Lee Andries push through bracing for the final stretch during the first-ever Rio Rancho Public Schools Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Joe Harris Elementary School.

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Photos by Observer staff writer Matt Hollinshead.

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