Banzai Trail 5K a great way to help the critters |

Banzai Trail 5K a great way to help the critters

Mike Vidakovich
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mike Vidakovich

“Animals have a spiritual purpose. To help them is an opportunity for a lost and selfish human heart to be redeemed. It is how we treat the humblest among us that surely determines the fate of our souls.”

– Dean Koontz

“So, what’s new with you?” a friend inquired recently as he stared at the television, gobbling up the usual bleak news of the day on CNN or FOX, or one of those annoying stations.

Sensing that he could care less about what was new with me, I decided to have some fun.

“Well, there’s a new addition to my family,” I said.

“That’s nice,” came the unimpressed reply, his eyes still locked on the telly.

“Yep, she’s 3 years old, is missing a leg, her name is Charlotte and she’s black!”

I dropped the big bombshell.

This got his attention, if only for a moment, as I saw the interest quickly dissolve from his eyes when I told him that Charlotte was from the Rifle Animal Shelter and she is cute as a button.

My house now harbors three cats – Seabiscuit, Houdini and Charlotte. Two came as strays, and one from a shelter. They keep me on my toes most of the time, but they sure are good buddies.

If you are a runner or a walker and have a soft spot in your heart for creatures, too, the Banzai Trail 5K on Oct. 9 in West Glenwood is the race for you.

The Banzai Run takes a hilly, scenic route along Storm King Mountain and Mitchell Creek Road before a downhill finish just above the Glenwood Springs Mall on Donegan Road. The $10 entry fee will benefit the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt and the Rifle Animal Shelter.

Come help out the animals and get some exercise. It’s a great way to spend a nice fall morning.

Autumn brings with it a host of must-do races to the valley.

First up is the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon on Sept. 12 for the multi-disciplined athletes among us.

The new Feed The Heathen 5K Trail Run/Walk will take place at Sunlight Mountain on Sept. 18.

The following day, Sept. 19, Marble will host the popular Lead King Loop Races. Runners can choose from a 15-mile trek or the shorter eight-mile Quarry Climb at this one. Both races have a heapin’ helping of hills.

There are a variety of options on Saturday, Oct. 2, as the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle offers a half marathon and 5K, while Carbondale celebrates Potato Days with the Fossil/Tater Trot 5K at River Valley Ranch.

The crown jewel of the fall season takes place at Glenwood Springs Golf Club with the 24th running of the Turkey Day 5K.

Try to get out and enjoy one or more of these events and help out the many charities that they benefit.

Finally, in my last column I mentioned how grateful I was to my little league baseball coaches for all they had done for us youngsters, but I left out one of the best.

Sorry, Ted Jessup, and thanks for all the time you spent with me. See you at the softball field next spring!

– Mike Vidakovich is a freelance sports writer for the Post Independent.

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