Mother’s Day Mile in Glenwood Springs runs in honor of first responders
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Police Lt. Bill Kimminau doesn’t consider himself an avid runner, but he does like to get out to run for a good cause.
And for several years running, one of those good causes has been the annual Mother’s Day Mile, which benefits the local Advocate Safehouse Project and its work to help provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.
“It seemed like a good thing to do on Mother’s Day, and it’s for a good cause,” said Kimminau, who plans to toe the line again for the 10th annual Mother’s Day Mile, taking place Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. starting in front of Glenwood Medical Associates on Blake Avenue.
This year, he’ll be one of the honorees, along with all the “first responders” in Garfield County who provide a crucial link for organizations like the Advocate Safehouse.
“When you run a safehouse, a lot of times you need help from the police or the EMTs with the fire department,” said Mother’s Day Mile director Nancy Reinisch.
“We realize that we couldn’t do it without them,” she said. “So this is our year to celebrate first responders, to show them that we do care and need them, and that we do see ourselves as a partner with them.”
The opening ceremony on Sunday will be dedicated to first responders, with a special song to be sung in their honor and a big round of applause, Reinisch said. She has also been working on the local police to serve as the official race starter.
“We do what we do, and we don’t see it as anything more special than anyone else does,” said Kimminau, who is expected to be joined by other officers from the Glenwood PD at the event. “It’s nice of them to honor the first responders, because we don’t always get a lot of recognition.”
Former Colorado Mountain College Police Academy director and Aspen police chief John Goodwin was the first Mother’s Day Mile course marshall, while serving on the Advocate Safehouse board.
“I remember when Nancy came up with the idea of a mile run on Mother’s Day,” he said. “We all thought it was a cool idea and worked hard to turn it into something special over the years.”
Now an associate professor at the Police Academy, he said he tries to instill in his cadets an understanding that they work for the citizens and are to be a part of the communities they will serve when they become police officers.
“We really push the whole context of what it means to be a part of the community, and remembering who our bosses are,” Goodwin said. “And when someone asks why we do this work, we should look at it as an opportunity to give them an explanation.”
He said he’s honored that the Mother’s Day Mile is recognizing first responders.
“The cops, and the firefighters and EMTs, these are the people who show up at 3 o’clock on a Sunday morning when you need them,” Goodwin said. “You don’t call until you need them, and when you need them, usually you really need them.”
Registration continues for the Mother’s Day Mile until race day. The opening ceremony will be at 1 p.m., with wave starts beginning at 1:15 p.m. for children 14 and under, followed by men and women under 40, men and women 40 and over, and a non-timed recreational run/walk at 2:15 p.m.
All participants will receive a goody bag, a finish-line rose, homemade pie, and a chance to win age-group awards from Eldoret, Kenya. A gift basket silent auction will be held under the big tent.
Register in person at Glenwood Medical Associates beforehand or on race day, or online at http://www.advocatesafehouse.org or at http://www.active.com. The entry fee is $15 per person or $55 per family.
Contact John Stroud: 384-9160
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