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The battle for family bragging rights a common occurrence at Glenwood’s Mother’s Day Mile

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

The year Madi Goodstein beat her father to the finish line in the Mother’s Day Mile is the day she retired from the race.

When she was little, Goodstein and her family regularly battled each other for Mother’s Day Mile supremacy. Her dad usually won, until that fateful Sunday a few years back.

And the Goodsteins are surely not the only ones to fight for family bragging rights at the Mother’s Day Mile. The Glenwood Springs foot race, which is staged annually on the streets surrounding Glenwood Medical Associates, is all about family.



“It was a big family thing for us,” Goodstein said. “We’d always go eat brunch at Rivers Restaurant and do the Mother’s Day Mile. It became a huge competition for our family, my dad being a distance runner.”

Goodstein, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, had to retire from the race – temporarily, anyway – once she reached high school. As a track athlete who regularly qualifies for the mid-May state meet, running the Mother’s Day Mile would jeopardize her ability to compete at state.



“You can’t enter too many running competitions before the state meet,” she said.

Goodstein, who will run track at Middlebury College in Vermont next school year, is one of the top hurdlers in Colorado’s 4A classification. She’s also a force in relay events for the Demons.

Before holding her own with some of the best track athletes around, Goodstein raced her siblings, Taylor and Garrett, and her father, Matthew, at the Mother’s Day Mile.

“It was a tradition, a family thing,” she said. “It’s one thing we always did. It’s a really good memory for me from being a little kid.”

And there are no doubt plenty of other families in the Roaring Fork Valley who have similarly fond memories of the Mother’s Day Mile.

This year’s race is this Sunday, with opening ceremonies kicking off the day at 1 p.m.

To be guaranteed an eco shopping bag and goodies, runners must pre-register. Pre-registration is available at Glenwood Medical Associates, the U.S. Bank in downtown Glenwood and at http://www.runningguru.com or http://www.advocatesafehouse.org.

The cost is $15 per person (children 5 and under free) or $55 for a family entry (two generations).

News and notes, provided by race organizer Nancy Reinisch, about Sunday’s 13th annual Mother’s Day Mile:

• The Mother’s Day Mile is part of the Sisterhood Exchange Program in Mfangano Island, Kenya, where Reinisch’s sons, Chas and Marco Salmen, have started a nonprofit organization called Organic Health Response. All race awards this year will be hand-sewn table runners, made on treadle sewing machines from African kitenge fabric and from donated beads from the jewelry boxes of women of the Roaring Fork Valley. The women in the Sisterhood Exchange Program are all HIV positive and use the money they receive from these crafts to pay for their medicine, food and shelter for their families.

• This year, on Mfangano Island, the Sisterhood Exchange Program women will be organizing its first-ever African Mother’s Day Mile in solidarity with the Mother’s Day Mile here in Glenwood Springs. In February, Reinisch brought the women some American finisher medals that all the participants in their mile will receive when they cross the finish line. In true, Sisterhood reciprocated with African awards. The emphasis on their race is to honor the role that women play in their families and in the workforce on the island. At the same time, the goal is to attract participants who will become part of the HIV testing program available at the newly built Ekialo Kiona Community Center.

• This year, the Strawberry Days Queen nominees have chosen the Advocate Safehouse Project and the Mother’s Day Mile to be their service program requirement. The “queens” will be helping in every aspect of the race, from stuffing 700 goodie bags, to cutting roses, to being on every corner of the mile cheering on the participants.

• As always, homemade apple pies will be baked by volunteers in the community.

• Embedded electronic chips on race bibs will once again used for accurate timing

• A new starting line within the Glenwood Medical Associates parking lot will save runners one turn and make for a faster and less congested start. Kids 8 and under will lead the pack 30 seconds before the first wave of 14-and-unders to make for a safer start for the youngsters as well.

• As always, hundreds of donated gift baskets will be up for bid in the silent auction under the big tent.

• Year after year, Reinisch is blown away by the overwhelming support the Glenwood Springs community devotes to the annual race. “The Mother’s Day Mile is truly a community event, and without the help of so many sponsor donations, business donations and hundreds of hours of volunteer time, we could not offer such a gala event for our community,” she said. “It is our community’s generosity that allows the Advocate Safehouse Project to continue to provide domestic and sexual violence services for over 25 years in our valley.”

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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