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Letter: Willey Coyote 5K an enormous success

When we first heard about Bob Willey’s medical complications, we knew the best way to support him was to plan a community fundraiser 5K event. Among the many hats Bob has worn, he has been a running icon for decades and has frequented countless local races. He has always been one to provide love and support in our community. The success of this race is really a mirror of the love that he has shown to all throughout the years. He uplifts everyone around him, and it was impossible to not feel truly touched as you looked out into the sea of runners all there for Brother Willey.

The Willey Coyote 5K was an enormous success. 270 people ran in the race, many in costume, and countless others made donations totaling around $10,000 to help the family with medical expenses. Many people donated their time to make this event possible, and a few people truly went above and beyond to bring this race to fruition. Dr. Paul Salmen, Jenny and Alex Cutright, Jenna Cook, Mary Peplin, Amber Wissing, Rich Houghton, Mike and Connie Kishimoto, Mike Schneiter, Jeanne and David Sheriff, Mike Vidakovich, Sandy DeCrow, and the GSMS staff all stepped up to make this event a true victory.

Many businesses and individuals in the community donated to this race including Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Alpine Bank, Dr. Heim and Dr. Johnson’s Office, Gran Farnum Printing, Treadz, Spider Rose Tattoo, Narcissus Hair Salon, Rivers Restaurant, Book Train, Gear Exchange, Deja Brew Coffee & Tea, Stella & Dot, Italian Underground, Lilly’s Finer Consigner, Mountain Sports Outlet, Riviera Supper Club, Midland Fitness, Mona Lisa, Sunlight Bike Shop, Auto Glass Specialists, Starbucks Glenwood Meadows, Uncle’s Pizza, Petco, 7th Street Salon, Juicy Lucy’s, Independence Run and Hike, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Gino’s Liquors, Christi Hassen, Digital Dimensions, Loyal Brothers, A-1 Traffic Control, Jeannie and Steve Pintuck, and Joe Infascelli.

We apologize for running out of T-shirts, but what a great problem to have! I am thankful to be a part of a community that truly rises to the occasion to support someone in need. We are all lucky to have Bob in our lives, and I have no doubt that we will continue to rally with him and his family throughout his recovery. We love you, Brother Willey! Please know that you have an entire community behind you.

With a full heart,

Abbey Walters

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