Celebrating Girl Scouts and their cookies

HARLINGEN — “Good job, Alex. Yeah,” someone shouted as Alex Jimenez accepted his medal.

He’d won first place in his age group at the second annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K hosted by the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. The event yesterday morning was based at the Girl Scouts service center at 202 E. Madison Ave.

Jimenez was one of about 300 runners who participated in the run in celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. This is the third year the Girl Scouts of America is observing the national event and the second year for Harlingen to hold the run.

Last year the weather didn’t cooperate and there weren’t very many runners. Yesterday, male and female runners showed up in droves and ran through the cool, dry morning air.

Upon their return, they found a festive crowd ready to award runners for placing in their division according to age group

Jimenez, 38, was excited about winning the race for the 30 to 39-year-old age group.

“I feel good,” he said, still pumped. “This is the first 5K I’ve run this year.”

He was one of about 20 members of Valley Praise Church who participated in the run at the suggestion of a member of the local Girl Scouts.

“I love to do it for the kids,” Jimenez said. “It’s for a great cause.”

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