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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

May 10 marked the 10th annual Mother’s Day Mile for the Advocate Safehouse Project. We had almost 750 people registered for the race and another 150 volunteers and spectators on hand to support the participants.What makes the Mother’s Day Mile unique is there is a little bit of something for everyone, and 2009 was no exception. Everyone walks away from the Mother’s Day Mile with a smile, whether they had a great finish time and won an Imani Craft award or simply crossed the finish line to receive their long stem rose and piece of homemade pie. The silent auction baskets donated from local businesses and friends made people happy as they walked away with amazing bargains. Thank you. And most importantly folks were able to celebrate moms, fitness and the Advocate Safehouse Project.This year we were honored to have many of Garfield County’s “finest” participate in our first responder recognition. Rachel and Jenna Sobke, accompanied by Megan Cleland, dedicated the song “We’ve Got a Friend” to the police, fire, sheriff, EMTs, and search and rescue. For 22 years our first responders have kept our safehouse staff and clients safe. Thank you. The Mother’s Day Mile would not be what it is today without our amazing sponsors. A huge thanks to Glenwood Medical Associates, the Richard & Marianne Reinisch Foundation, Valley View Hospital, Mona Lisa Boutique, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Somethin’ Sweet Candy Plus, Flower Mart, and Drs. Heim & Johnson, DDS. Because of our sponsors, the Advocate Safehouse Project raised more than $18,000 for programs to work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This year PEO Chapters AO & FY and others baked more than 90 fruit pies to satisfy our racers. Volunteers are the backbone of the Mother’s Day Mile. We thank each of you. Special thanks to Nancy Reinisch, our race director. The Mother’s Day Mile was her vision, and she makes it possible for all of us each year.A major thank-you goes to everyone who registered for the Mother’s Day Mile. Julie Olson, executive directorAdvocate Safehouse Project

On behalf of Glenwood Whitewater Events (aka US Freestyle Kayak Team Trials Committee), I (we) wish to thank the Glenwood Springs community for helping us pull together a winning national freestyle kayak competition. The event was a great way to showcase Glenwood’s new highly acclaimed “G-Wave” and all wonderful amenities the city has to offer. It was exciting to have the nation’s best freestyle kayakers competing for positions on the US Freestyle Kayaking Team. The members of the team will go on to compete at the World Championships in Thun, Switzerland, this August. We hope someday to see freestyle kayaking as an Olympic event. We originally thought this was the first US Kayaking Team Trials event in Glenwood Springs, but our own native kayaker Dick Ryman pointed out that he participated in the 1959 US Team Trials in Glenwood Springs. We have dreams of hosting the world championships here on the G-Wave in 2013. It was also exciting that weekend to have a variety of whitewater sports take place on the Colorado River including the National Standup Surf Board Championships and Yagatta Regatta.This event would not have been possible without the generous support of the city of Glenwood Springs, Operation Vacation, Glenwood Springs Chamber, Glenwood Springs Police Department, Tom Barnes with his crew at the Community Center and all of our sponsors. Special thanks go out to Harley-Davidson, Steve Scott and his crew for their patience and understanding as their business was at ground zero for this event. Allstate Communications deserves huge recognition for donating the use of their parking lot that was a critical piece of our infrastructure. Gigantic thanks and appreciation goes out to our tireless volunteers (too many to mention), but who helped make this event a success. With all of the support we received, it is likely I have left someone out and I apologize for that. If I left you out, thank you for your help.All of us hope to see completion of the riverbank improvements at the park later this year. We will continue to work with the city on additional parking at the wave. The G-Wave is recognized as one of the top whitewater wave features in North America. It is unique that both kayakers and surfers recognize this status. How many other communities can boast a surfing competition at 5,761 above sea level? How many other communities can boast 10 members of the US Freestyle Kayak Team on their wave the same time?Gratefully,Davis Farrar, president, and Kate Collins, Chris Tonozzi, Jason Carey, Kathleen Burress, Phil Nyland of Glenwood Whitewater Events

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