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Shortcut thanks

Julie Fite

Dear Editor,

It is with great pride that I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the sponsors and participants of the Strawberry Shortcut.

This yearly event brings the community together for an enjoyable social and active morning that benefits Glenwood Springs Special Olympics. The Coal Seam Fire Relief Fund also benefits from the generous sponsors this year.

The 25th Annual Shortcut, presented by the Bank of Colorado, allows our athletes to be outfitted in proper sports attire and to be equipped appropriately for a variety of year-round sports. The proceeds from the race enable athletes to travel to other area and state competitions as well as permitting Glenwood Springs Special Olympics to host a summer Invitational of boccie ball, cycling and tennis to all athletes of the Western Area. In addition, the funds provide the opportunity to incorporate a way of life that is conducive to our active valley.

An added attraction this year was the excitement of a silent auction to bid on the original, signed prints by Dean Bowlby. These lovely scenes of the Strawberry Shortcut race course were used on the T-shirts the past three years. Thanks to Dean for his talent and generosity as well as JoEllen White, Rocky Kholsa and Sue Yellico, who purchased the prints!

Thanks to the Bank of Colorado and the numerous businesses for their continuing sponsorship.

Special thanks to the city of Glenwood Springs and the Glenwood Springs Police Department. Thanks also to all of the volunteers for assisting with race day responsibilities. Volunteers are the backbone of any special event and you are irreplaceable. Jim Yellico did an outstanding job as race director. Thank you, Jim, for coordinating, planning and executing such a large, successful event. Stay fit, Glenwood!

Sincerely,

Julie Fite

Special Olympics Colorado

Glenwood Springs


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