FireKracker 4K kicks off Glenwood Springs July 4th festivities |

FireKracker 4K kicks off Glenwood Springs July 4th festivities

Mike Vidakovich
Special to the Post Independent
Coal Ridge High School senior Tyler Parker makes his way to the finish line of the Glenwood Springs FireKracker 4K at Two Rivers Park as part of Monday's Fourth of July festivities.
Mike Vidakovich/Courtesy photo

“My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel 10 years older already.” — Milton Berle

Despite the running sentiments of the late comedian Milton Berle, a gathering of 54 runners and walkers showed up on the morning of July 4 to take part in the eighth annual FireKracker 4K, sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Lions Club.

Each year, the Lions Club uses race proceeds to provide eye examinations and eye glasses for those in the Roaring Fork Valley who are in need.

The overall race winner was Coal Ridge High School senior Tyler Parker, who turned in a blistering time of 13 minutes, 42 seconds for the 2.5-mile course. Parker is in summer training mode for the upcoming high school cross country season, which begins practice the second week of August.

“I am just trying to get in some miles to build a solid base for cross country,” said Parker, who qualified for the state cross country and track meet as a junior for the Titans. “These races help to provide some speed work for me, also.”

First place for the ladies, and fifth overall, was New Castle’s Kayla Toews, who turned in a winning time of 16:39. Toews left the duties of pushing her two children in a stroller to her husband, Wesly, who despite his added workload finished just behind his wife in seventh place overall.

Of special note, 81-year-old Bob Albright of Basalt completed yet another of the many races he attends in the valley each year. Albright most recently hit the finish line at the Bolder Boulder 10K on Memorial Day, and the Strawberry Shortcut 5K on June 19.

Bob Albright crosses the Two Rivers Park pedestrian bridge en route to the finish of the Glenwood Springs FireKracker 4K run, part of Fourth of July festivities on Monday.| Mike Vidakovich photo
Mike Vidakovich photo

Next up on the local running calendar is Saturday’s Maggie’s Mountain 5K and 10K trail races at Argonaut Farm near the Sunlight ski area, as a benefit for a local young girl who is fighting cancer. The 10K will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K to follow at 8:30 a.m. Registration is open at

Top 20 overall finishers

Top 20 overall finishers
*Denotes female (Complete results and times can be found at

1. Tyler Parker, 13 minutes, 42 seconds; 2. William Froesto; 3. Rodrigo Marquez; 4. Ryan Piochini; 5.*Kayla Toews, 16:39; 6.Ryan Anthony; 7. Wesly Toews; 8. Robert Garcia; 9. Davin Morris; 10. Hank Zimmerman; 11. *Ryley Sutton; 12. *Lisa Anderson; 13. Tanner Shipman; 14. Pete Anderson; 15. Johnny Utah; 16. Brad Palmer; 17. Kevin Winmill; 18. Kevin Parker; 19. Calvin Swanson; 20. James Parker.

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