By CRAIG ALANIZ
South Padre Parade
Alfonso A. De Leon III, a cancer survivor, said his group, “Team in Training,” has been fundraising and training with the program since July of 2012 and decided it would be a good idea to join forces with Sea Turtle Inc. to put on this event.
De Leon is currently celebrating his 25th year in remission. He said he has decided to run in all marathons for the 2013 season, which are Austin 10/20 on April 14, Nike on April 28 and San Diego on June 2, when he will run in his first full marathon. He said he was chosen as this year’s “Honored Hero” in light of the milestone.
“I am honored to be named one of their Honored Hero’s for the lower Valley team and am mentoring four new members to our team,” De Leon said.
According to De Leon, his goal is to raise $6,500 to benefit LLS. He said he has held several fundraisers on his way to reaching the goal; enter the Turtle Dash.
The goal for participation at the event is to attract at least 250 people. De Leon said Sea Turtle Inc. will be on hand with turtle exhibits for the kids.
Online registration for the Turtle Dash 10k is available by visiting www.raceit.com/Register/?event=19575. There is no deadline to register for the event.
For more information, call (956) 241-0645.