The Endorphin Report, revisited |

The Endorphin Report, revisited

Mike Vidakovich
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mike Vidakovich

Back in the late 1980s, Bob Julich Sr. would pen a weekly fitness report for the Glenwood Post which he called the Endorphin Report.

In it, Julich would chronicle the local happenings on the running, biking and triathlon scene. He’d also report on the accomplishments of area athletes competing in events out of town.

You never had to worry about the possibility of a local 5K slipping past your radar with Julich on the watch.

An avid runner and biker, Julich was also the mastermind behind the popular Doc Holliday and Fall Color Classic trail runs. Both races were long-distance staples in Glenwood during their heyday in the 1990s.

With Wayne Edgeton of the Rifle Recreation Department recently releasing the dates and times for the 2010 Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series (CRVCRS), it’s time to get all of you runners (and walkers) up to snuff on what events will be dotting the calendar this season.

In the true fashion of the Endorphin Report, that is.

The CRVCRS consists of six races that take place in Glenwood, Rifle, Silt and New Castle. Runners can accumulate series points in each race, based on where they finish in their age group. Male and female winners are announced and awarded prizes at the final series race in Glenwood on Oct. 9.

This is the fourth year the series has been in existence. It has grown in popularity each year and is a fun way to push yourself physically and to compete against others your age.

The Sequoia Glen 5K in West Glenwood kicks off the 2010 CRVCRS docket on March 20. It will be followed by the Grand River Gallop 5K in Rifle on April 10 and the Titan Trot 5K in Silt on May 1. The summer races will consist of the Hogback Hustle 5K in New Castle on July 10, followed by the scenic Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase five-miler, which is held at the Rifle Mountain Park on Aug. 7. The Banzai Run 5K will wrap things up on Oct. 9 in West Glenwood.

As is the case with all of the series races, the Sequoia Glen 5K will benefit a couple of local charities. The $10 entry fee will go to the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt. These good folks help to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife so they can be released back to their natural habitat. The Schneegas foundation needs our help, as it relies solely on contributions to operate.

At Sequoia Glen, you can also bring a contribution to the Colorado Animal Rescue in the form of canned and hard food for cats and dogs, cat litter, soft treats and bones for dogs, bleach, paper towels or gift cards to Walmart, Lowe’s or PetCo. All collected pet items will be taken to the Post Independent and delivered to C.A.R.E.

Pre-registration for Sequoia Glen can be done at Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale during regular business hours through March 18, or by calling 945-0979 in Glenwood. General race series information can be obtained by calling Wayne Edgeton at 625-2151.

Each spring, I look forward to seeing, and competing against, the diehards who have been on the local running circuit for what seems like forever and a day.

We’ve all gotten a bit wrinkly and creaky, and the times have slowed – as has the consumption of beer following the race. But the most important thing remains the same – we’re still there, at the starting line, ready to go at it and get our bell rung yet again. Here’s hoping you all wintered well. I’ll see you March 20, the first day of spring!

Mike Vidakovich is a freelance sports writer for the Post Independent

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