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Runners hoping to cruise toward a cruise on Sunday

Some teenagers in Sunday’s Run for Youth will no doubt be Catalina dreaming as they make their way around the race course.

That’s because funds raised will go toward scholarships for a four-day summer camp on a Catalina-bound cruise ship.

“We have 57 teams this year, and that’s a high number,” said Run for Youth spokesperson Rosa Collier. “I think a lot of the teams are trying to raise money for the camp.”



Each team has up to four members, who have been getting pledges for each quarter mile they cover in an hour, on a course that runs in and around Two Rivers Park.

Collier said the annual run has been staged for about 15 years, and it’s sponsored by Northwestern Colorado Youth for Christ.



There’ll be runners, walkers and joggers on the in-park course. Serious runners will head out and back, then maybe out again, on a 1.5-mile course along the Roaring Fork River.

“Some people have run five miles,” Collier said.

In the past, Run for Youth participants have ranged from 2 years old to senior citizens.

The day starts with registration at 1 p.m. The Run for Youth itself starts at 2 p.m. Entertainment at the Two Rivers bandshell starts at approximately 3 p.m.

“There’ll be two bands, a mime group and individual vocalists,” Collier said.

Run organizers hope to have pledges calculated by 4 to 4:30 p.m., and prizes will be awarded based on results.

Those attending the summer camp will leave for California on June 16 and return on June 23. During the day on the cruise ship, there’ll be water sports and other activities. There’ll be worship in the morning and evening.

“It’s also a good bonding experience for them and their friends,” Collier said.

Beside teenagers from northwest Colorado, teen groups from California and Arizona will also be on board. The group will also spend a day at Magic Mountain.

Northwest Colorado Youth for Christ is a nonprofit group, and donations are tax deductible. Run for Youth organizers have been taking pledges, and asking for event volunteers, for the past few weeks.

For more information, call 945-7552.


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