Inaugural New Castle Fit 5K is not your average footrace |

Inaugural New Castle Fit 5K is not your average footrace

James Kellogg
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Statistics indicate that about 17 percent of kids and adolescents across the United States are overweight. While Colorado has the lowest obesity rates among adults, the state ranks 23rd for the percentage of fat kids. The chubby child ratio is 14 percent … and growing!

Fortunately, New Castle kids are poised to buck that trend, thanks to the efforts of CrossFit Generate and the physical education departments at Kathryn Senor and Elk Creek elementary schools. Together, they organized the first New Castle Fit 5K race.

On June 9, New Castle Fit 5K participants will be pounding the pavement on the winding streets of Castle Valley Ranch. But they have to contend with a bit more than an ordinary 3.1-mile course. Each runner must complete a short CrossFit workout before running the first step.

So what is CrossFit? Quite simply, it’s the sport of fitness with a specialty of not specializing.

CrossFit athletes of all ages train to enhance competency at multiple, diverse and randomized physical challenges that range from jumping rope to Olympic powerlifting. A motto is, “Be ready for anything!” That means New Castle Fit 5K participants won’t know what to expect from the workout until they get to the starting line.

Proceeds from the New Castle Fit 5K will go toward the purchase of equipment for the P.E. departments at Kathryn Senor and Elk Creek elementaries. This will better enable these schools to engage students in physical activities that challenge them and instill positive fitness behaviors that translate to all areas of life.

Good physical fitness programs don’t just burn fat off kids’ bellies. They build self worth and confidence that can boost achievement in the classroom and community.

Two words of warning for those who enter the New Castle Fitness 5K: Run hard. New Castle’s kids will be passing us all soon.

The New Castle Fitness 5K will start and finish at VIX Ranch Park in Castle Valley Ranch on June 9. Race start time is 9 a.m. The entry fee is $25.

Race sponsors include Famous Footwear, Elk Creek Mining Company, Burning Mountain Bowl and Lakota Canyon Golf Course.

For more information or to sign up, contact Brett Lark at (970) 984-7096 or

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