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Mother’s Day a safe time to be on the road

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Running a mile, eating pie and spending time together have become Mother’s Day traditions for many throughout the valley, thanks to the annual Mother’s Day Mile charity race.

More than 500 people, including many families, gathered at the Glenwood Medical Associates Building on Blake Avenue to run, walk or stroll in the seventh running of the race. Everyone who crossed the finish line, from age 1 to 83, was handed a rose and directed to nearby tents for a slice of homemade pie.

“It was a good turnout,” said first-time race coordinator Holly Graubins. “There were a lot of families. Everybody looked like they were having fun.”

Karen Gentry, the first-aid coordinator for the race for four years, is one of many mothers who attends the event with her family, and luckily, she’s never had to work too hard in the first-aid tent.

“It is fun. The kids love it. Usually Jake (her son) is my only patient, asking for a Band-Aid, so I’m like, ‘I might as well be there.’ It’s a great day,” Gentry said. “We’ve never really had anything real major. We did have a young boy last year who ran in bare feet, which is not a good idea.”

After making sure everyone has received any first aid they need, the Gentrys participate in the family, non-timed final rave wave of the day.

“Usually we all just stay together,” Gentry said. “Usually Jake breaks away, but the girls stay with me. It just nice to be out here.”

Gentry’s daughters, Alyse, Hannah and Emily, all volunteer to help out at the race.

Hannah, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, enjoys spending her day at the event.

“It’s fun. It’s a really good cause and organization,” Hannah said.

Proceeds from the race will go to the Advocate Safehouse Project, the mission of which is to eliminate domestic and sexual violence and provide shelter to its victims.

“It’s a great cause that we’ve never had to personally be involved with, but there is definitely a need for it here,” Karen said “It makes us thankful to have the family that we do, but there is definitely a need for it ” unfortunately. But it’s a great organization.”

Silke Spange, the second-fastest female in the 40-49 age division, is another mother who has made the Mother’s Day Mile part of her family’s annual festivities. This year, all three of her children raced. And afterwards, they all sat down to enjoy some pie.

“I got them all to run so it was good,” Spange said. “It’s just doing something together that counts.”

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