Lizbeth Flores Acosta (senior) and Gretchen Lick (ESL Teacher) participated in the 13th Annual Sedona Marathon.

Lizbeth Flores Acosta (senior) and Gretchen Lick (ESL Teacher) participated in the 13th Annual Sedona Marathon.

Last week, Lizbeth Flores Acosta (senior) and Gretchen Lick (ESL Teacher) participated in the 13th Annual Sedona Marathon. The race took place very near to the Beaver Creek Ranch Campus, deep in the Coconino National Forest District. Runners were able to enjoy the red rocks of Sedona – “a city that has most recently been named by “Good Morning America” as one of the “TOP TEN most beautiful places in America”. 

The two began their training early in September, rising before the sun to fit in many of their runs. Afternoons were spent at the gym working on overall strength training. Saturday mornings consisted of long-runs on winding roads through canyons and up the beautiful mountains surrounding our wonderful campus. “It is amazing to go to school in this beautiful place, and then to be able to run here is just an added bonus! The air is so clear and there are many opportunities to be active and healthy.There isn’t a place in the world I would rather be!” says Lizbeth, a senior at the Ranch Campus this year who is on track to attend nursing school in the fall. 

It was a wonderful experience to compete with runners that traveled from all over the United States, as well as international runners from 21 countries. The course was very challenging but breathtakingly beautiful. The slogan for the race sums up their feelings perfectly, “If the hills don’t take your breath away, the views will!” Everyone at the Beaver Creek Ranch Campus is very proud of Ms. Gretchen and Lizbeth for their accomplishment!