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Shortcut a celebration for running’s sole-mates

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” It looked like a block party for the fit.

Sunday morning, more than 700 people wearing T-shirts, shorts and running shoes filled 7th Street under the Grand Avenue Bridge ” the finish area for the 27th annual Strawberry Shortcut foot races.

All three races ” the 10-kilometer, the 5-kilometer and the Family Fun Run ” finished just east of the Grand Avenue Bridge. Seventh Street was blocked off so people could spill into the road and mingle, accept awards, eat strawberries, drink bottled water, and listen to the live music of the Cave Bacon Band.



‘Run to Eat’

After the 5K, Glenwood’s Judy Haynes stood next to fellow Glenwood resident Rick Davis.



Haynes, who said she clocked her “personal best” time Sunday, is one of two coaches training a group of local women for the all-woman Danskin Triathlon July 18 in Aurora, Colo. She said many of the women training for the triathlon ran in Sunday’s 5K or 10K races ” or both.

“Nancy Reinisch and I are the coaches,” she said. “We have women training from ages 13 to 60.”

Davis, with aluminum pie plate in one hand and a fork in the other, was finishing up the remains of a cherry pie.

“I just had the last little piece,” he said smiling, justifying the fact he was holding an entire, almost-empty pie plate. “Some people eat to run. I run to eat.”

Looking flushed and invigorated, Basaltine Muriel Hale, who’s run the Shortcut twice before, finished the 5K in 28 minutes with South African Dave White.

Muriel’s dad Bo Hale was standing by proudly, taking video of the couple.

“She conned me into running,” said White. “Yesterday we went on a 40-mile bike ride!”

At the finish line, 5-year old Sierra Packard of Mesa, Colo., ran out the last few steps of her 5K race, then made her way to her dad, Erik Packard, who won second place in his age group in the 10K with a time of 39:38.

Sierra immediately sat on the ground and took off one of her shoes, revealing a big red blister on one of her heels.

“She wanted to run the 5K,” said Erik, of the mini-sized runner who finished the 5K in 43 minutes. “We just ran the 10K Bolder Boulder. She decided she wanted to run that when she heard 192 6-year-olds had entered the race. She loves it.”

Nearby, Basalt Elementary School principal Suzanne DelPiccolo and her daughter Nuala, both wearing race bibs, were standing with members of their family.

“We crossed the finish line together in 25:22,” said Suzanne. “Nuala is in track at school, but I haven’t done anything like this in 20 years. I’m very excited!”

Walking the Fun Run ” at three weeks pregnant

Travis Perry, who works at the Dalby Wendland accounting firm in Glenwood, was grouped with his wife Holly and friends after he ran the 5K.

He said he typically runs two or three races a year ” and that he usually starts with the Strawberry Shortcut.

“I don’t do a whole lot of training, so this race is always a shocker,” he said with a smile.

And his time?

“I finished,” he said, grinning.

Travis didn’t have much time before he got in line to run another race ” the Family Fun one-mile walk/run ” this time with his wife Holly, who’s expecting to deliver the couple’s baby in about three weeks.

“We’re walking,” Holly said, smiling.

Glenwood resident Bernie Reimarz was enjoying some fresh strawberries at the end of the 5K.

“I didn’t run, I walked,” she said, smiling, of her 45-minute time. “This is my third year. It’s such a fun, community event.”

Jenny and George Tempest from Carbondale made the Strawberry Shortcut a family affair. Jenny and the couple’s 10-year old son were getting ready to run the Family Fun Run, and dad George had just run the 5K with 14-year-old daughter Annie “The Rocket” Tempest.

So who won?

“I beat her this time,” George said. “Once in a while, I win, but she usually comes in faster than me.”

Darrell and Eileen Stanley of Englewood, Colo., drove up to Glenwood to join their friends Cathy and Dick Crabtree of Glenwood at this year’s Strawberry Shortcut race. Darrell and Dick ran the 5K, and Eileen and Cathy walked it.

“We’ve been running together for more than 20 years, including three marathons,” said Darrell. “We’re running fools.”

Volunteers are great

For race director Jim Yellico, this year’s race was “the most fun” Strawberry Shortcut he’s organized. Born and raised in Glenwood, Yellico was the start coordinator for the Bolder Boulder before becoming the director of the Shortcut in the late 1990s.

“We don’t even have to solicit sponsors. They sign up with us year in and year out,” Yellico said.

“The volunteers are so great,” he added, of the approximate 50 people who help put the race together ” two of whom include his mom, Sue Yellico, and his wife Myka’s mom Debbie Guccini. “They know what they’re doing and they do it, so it makes everything really easy.”

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

cclick@postindependent.com

strawberry shortcut

– What’s the oldest foot race in Glenwood Springs?

– What race benefited Colorado Special Olympics this year?

– What race is part of the four-race Glenwood Charity Race Series?

Answer: You guessed it, the 27th annual Strawberry Shortcut.


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