It’s been a year since Maricopa lost Pete Masiel and Deb Grosbusch in an Oregon traffic accident. In 2018, family and friends gathered at Copper Sky for a memorial marathon and Zumba event in their honor. This year, the legacy continues.
The inaugural Maricopa Memorial Events is set for Sunday, March 17, starting at 7 a.m., and will include an array of challenges.
“We’ve decided to take it a little further and do an annual event,” said Shannon Reindl, a friend of Masiel and co-organizer of the MME. “Basically, it’s in their memory this year but it’s also a memorial for other people that we’ve lost in the community.”
The day’s events include a sprint triathlon individual, a duathlon, sprint triathlon relay, Splash & Dash and Zumbathon, all at Copper Sky on St. Patrick’s Day.
The sprint triathlon consists of a 200-meter swim, a 15K bike ride and 5K run. The duathlon is a 5K run followed by a 15K bike ride followed by another 5K run. There are also “virtual” options available for those who want to try it on their own.
The Splash & Dash is for two age groups, 7-10 and 11-15. The duathlon is for ages 13 and up, while other events are for adults. The triathlon is in age categories of 17-35, 36-50 and 50+. Entry fees are $15 for the Splash & Dash, $50 for the individual triathlon and $75 for the triathlon relay.
The Zumbathon has no age restrictions, and the entry fee is $2 and a canned food donation.