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Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Week of May 2, 2011

Kristy Diaz Trahan is the Recreation Manager for the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department.

In order to achieve the highest level of success, sometimes you have to seize the moment. Kristy Diaz Trahan proved that by seizing the moment, great opportunities can come to the City.

In late February, producers of the show, “Live! with Regis and Kelly” contacted the mayor’s office to announce that part of the show would be filmed in Albuquerque. Ultra-marathon runner Dean Karnazes is running from the Los Angeles to New York City raising money for a charity that fights and educates against childhood obesity. Producers of the highly popular daytime show informed the city that Dean would be running through Albuquerque on March 17th and while he was here, he wanted to host a 5-kilometer run for New Mexicans to participate. The mayor’s office knew that by assigning the project to Kristy, the job would get done and the event would be a great success.

With only three weeks to prepare, Kristy arranged and managed an entire 5k run and production shot. She was part of the team that strategically chose the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum and Balloon Fiesta Park for the event location. Kristy worked with a many agencies and vendors to ensure tents, signs, markers, banners, t-shirts, permits, a run course, hot air balloons, production locations, and many more items were all in place. Kristy understood that while filming was going on, Albuquerque would be in the national spotlight. Our city assets, employees, and beautiful natural resources would be on display and we had an opportunity to shine.

Because of the work Kristy put in, Regis and Kelly spotlighted Albuquerque for two days. On top of that, our local media helped paint the picture of what Albuquerque is all about. Albuquerque is a destination city where people come to take part in the great outdoor activities and take advantage of the unique cultural amenities our city has to offer.

Kristy’s work and detailed coordination ensured Albuquerque’s best foot was put forward when the nation was watching.

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