David Chavana 10k to take place Saturday

BY TJ GARCIA | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR

EDINBURG – David Chavana fell ill in December.

He was flat-out run over by the flu and experienced pneumonia-like symptoms. Chavana, a life-long runner was bed ridden could barely walk, much less take a jog.

And that weighed heavily on the 66-year-old Edinburg native because the 37th Annual All-America City David Chavana 10K Run/Walk was set for Saturday and he didn’t have long to get well.

Chavana, who doesn’t often get sick, said that doubt began to creep in. But he was motivated to heal and get back on the running trail. After all, the race was just named after him last year, and how would it look if the event’s namesake couldn’t participate in it?

“This is a once-in-a-life-time chance. Next year won’t be the first year after the race was named after me,” Chavana said. “It’s special. It’s very humbling, and I appreciate to have the race named after me.”

The run, commonly called the Edinburg 10K, is expecting to draw about 8,000 participants Saturday to the Edinburg Parks and Recreation Center and Richard R. Flores stadium for the festivities.

Organizers have planned three events and the day begins with the 8 a.m. Miracle Mile special-needs run, the 10K (6.2 miles) at 9 a.m. and the two-mile Fun Run at 11 a.m. All registrations must take place before Saturday. No race-day registrations will be accepted.

Chavana, as the event’s primary organizer, said he expects a strong contingent of elite runners to participate– especially in the women’s division. 2018 Boston Marathon women’s overall second-place finisher Sarah Sellers, featured on ESPN and many other websites and publications, is expected to lead the women’s division full of very competitive Kenyan and Ethiopian runners.

The Edinburg event pays prize money to the top 10K’s top finishers. First-place winners in the men’s and women’s divisions will receive $4,000, second place $3,000 and third place $2,000. The top male and female finishers from Edinburg receive $500 each.

Chavana said he will take a low-key approach to the race as he gets back on track and will run in the back.

“That will give me a chance to see people and take a selfie or two along the way,” he said jokingly.

Race information can be found at: http://iaapweb.com/edinburg/raceinfo.htm