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The Glenwood Springs cross country program held the Demon 5K, the final installment of its three-race fundraising series, on Wednesday.

It was the fourth year for the Demon 5K and the inaugural year for the series. The Red Mountain Trail Race and the Glenwood XC 5K preceded it.

Richard Wojan completed the Demon 5K course, which centered around the field between Glenwood Springs High School and the Roaring Fork River, in 18 minutes, 57 seconds to finish atop the men’s field.

Anne Swanson, a math teacher at Glenwood Springs High, won the women’s title in 21:23.

Swanson’s 7-year-old son, Reed, might have turned the performance of the day, finishing the race in 22:58 to win the male 19-and-under age group.

Another youngster, 11-year-old Josie Spence, wasn’t far behind. She finished in 24:37 to take top honors in the female 19-and-under age group.

In the series’ point standings, Mark Bauer came in first among the men. The Glenwood Springs High School swim coach was followed closely by James Parker in second and Steve Pawlak in third.

For the women, Joy Schneiter came in first. Andrea Arnhold was second and Demon cross country parent Gwen Hill was third. All of them won Brooks shoes and apparel for their efforts.

“It was a lot of fun hosting the race again and we really appreciate the support our local running community provides to our team,” Glenwood Springs High cross country coach Mike Schneiter said.

The fourth annual Banzai Trail 5K Run/Walk is slated for Oct. 29 in West Glenwood.

The race, which begins at 9:30 a.m., will start and finish on Donegan Road. The course routes runners into Ami’s Acres Campground before joining a jeep road and single-track trail along Storm King Mountain. Next is a quick trip up Mitchell Creek Road toward the Glenwood Springs Fish Hatchery to the turnaround point. A fast downhill to the finish area follows.

Preregistration and race-day registration are both $10, with all proceeds going to help the Rifle Animal Shelter, the Pauline Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt and the Valley Dog Rescue in Carbondale.

Preregistration can be done the week of the race (Oct. 24-28) after 4 p.m. each day at the race start line on Donegan Road or by calling Mike at 945-0979 or Craig at 987-4805. Preregistration is encouraged as race-morning help is limited.

Refreshments and ribbons will follow the race. Grand prizes will be awarded to the best male and female Halloween costumes of the day, so dress up.

Get a jump on the 2011-12 basketball season with the Intramural Hoops program at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

This instruction-based program, which is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. and is for girls in the seventh and eighth grades, will include drills, game situations and conditioning. The program runs from Nov. 1 until Dec. 1.

Call 384-6301 or go to for more information.

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