Uvalde Hospice Employees Run Marathon in Memory of Patients

Six employees of Uvalde Hospice ran the 35th annual Beach to Bay relay marathon on May 15, 2010, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Uvalde Hospice Employees Run Marathon in Memory of Patients

Back row: Joe Navarro. Front row, from left to right: Angelica Navarro, Melissa Alejandro, Cindy Mata, Jenni Maldonado, and Rosalinda Valdez.

The Uvalde Memorial Hospital Hospice Angels team consisted of Melissa Alejandro, Jenni Maldonado, Cindy Mata (who served as the team captain), Angelica Navarro, Joe Navarro, and Rosalinda Valdez.  Their team slogan was “Hospice with sole.” 

2,356 teams participated in the Beach to Bay marathon, and the Hospice Angels placed 2090 with a finishing time of 5:44:24.4. 

 Mata ran the first leg of the marathon, completing 4.08 miles.  Angelica Navarro completed 4.67 miles in the second leg of the marathon.  Valdez ran 4.36 miles and completed the third leg of the run.  Joe Navarro took the fourth leg of the run and completed 4.69 miles.  Maldonado ran the fifth leg of the marathon, running 4 miles.  Alejandro ran the final leg of the marathon and completed 4.40 miles.  Together, the team ran a total of 26.20 miles. 

 Individual team members had varied reasons for participating in the marathon, such as Maldonado’s desire to become more active and become healthier.  Alejandro and Mata wished to continue to maintain healthy exercise habits. 

 However, the biggest reason the employees ran the marathon was very close to their hearts.   Joe Navarro stated that collectively, the team ran in memory of Uvalde Hospice’s patients who passed away. 

 Angelica Navarro also reflected on the run being a tribute to those who currently serve or have served in the country’s Armed Forces.  “When you stop and think about the people who give up their time and lives to fight for freedom in our country, 4 miles is nothing compared to what they endure,” she said.   

Rain and cold weather didn’t dampen the team’s spirits or its view of the event.  “I feel good for doing this and hope I can do this again next year,” Valdez said. 

The Beach to Bay relay marathon is an annual six-person relay running event held in Corpus Christi, Texas on the third Saturday in May.  The marathon was founded in 1976 and is held yearly on Armed Forces Day to honor our nation’s men and women serving in the United States of America’s military. 

 Proceeds from the run go to track scholarships to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, youth groups that helped at the event, and area non-profit organizations.