FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- About 130 people ran in honor of cultural diversity during the annual Hispanic Heritage Month Gate-to-Gate race Oct. 2.

The 30-year tradition celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, said Kristi Fink, physical fitness programs coordinator.
"It's important for people to recognize other cultures and learn about different people and their traditions," she said. "We had beautiful weather this weekend, and it's a challenging course with the hill by the Ozark Gate."

Michael Spears took first place, besting the other athletes by navigating the 4.1-mile course between the Ozark and Daleville gates in 23 minutes, 33.5 seconds.

"It's a good course with a couple sneaky hills," the flight school student said. "It's a good way to stay in shape and one thing everybody from different cultures can enjoy together."

Penny Proctor nabbed first place for females, finishing in 28:20.6. She said she enjoyed the course and celebrating diversity with the other runners.

"It's important to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month so you can learn about different cultures and see how other people live," she said.

Fort Rucker's next race is the Spooky 5-K Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility. For more information, visit