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Bear Aware 5K thanks

Dear Editor,

The first Bear Aware Ramble 5k race and fun run took place Saturday, July 13, in Basalt. I would like to take this time to send my thanks to the many great people who helped make it the great success that it was.

First we had some super sponsors that helped provide financial support for the race. Thanks to Joyce at All Valley Women’s Care, George at Orthopaedic Associates, and Ginny at Aspen Valley Pediatrics and Alpine Medical Group. We appreciate your support!

Thanks to our prize sponsors who helped with providing prizes and refreshments for our racers and helped send each away with a smile.

Thanks to Miles Stotts who gave us the wonderful signed copy of Stephen Herrero’s book, “Bear Attack.”

I would also like to thank the Colorado Department of Wildlife for helping educate residents about living with wildlife. You provided some great literature, and I hope everyone heeds your advise about garbage and bears. And a big thanks to the Roaring Fork Bear Awareness Team for providing us with advertising. Thanks to Tina and Laurie from Snowmass who helped with traffic control. Special thanks to Jannette Whitcomb for her untiring exuberance throughout the whole campaign for bear awareness and especially during the race. You are one lady I would like to see at all my races!

I am very grateful to the employees from the Town of Basalt who volunteered their Saturday morning to help with the race: Renae, Andy, Mark, and Pam. Thanks to Robi, Gerry and Toast for helping with course set-up. And a big thanks to the other volunteers – Rance, Carolyn, Kevin, Laurie, and Andy. And I am very appreciative to Bob Gish for his inexhaustible energy in planning and making sure this race was fun and safe. And of course, I must thank my wonderful husband, Virgil, who spends the few weeks before race day taking orders from me and doing just about anything I ask. You are a treasure.

And finally, I thank all the wonderful people who got up early on Saturday morning to run in the race. I hope you had a great time, as I know I did. Thank you for coming out to support our cause. It is important to keep our wildlife wild, so everyone needs to learn how to live in balance with the wildlife in our backyards. Thank you for helping us spread the word.

Thank you!

Dorothy J. Howard

Basalt Recreation Department

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