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Festival las Americas appreciates support

Roaring Fork Rotary, aka Club Rotario, says thank you very much to sponsors of Festival las Americas. See you next year.

Platinum: Alpine Bank and First Bank; Gold: town of Carbondale; Silver: Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. and Colorado Mountain College; Bronze: Chris Pooley, Immigration & Naturalization; Glenwood Springs Ford; Grand River Health; La Tricolor 107.1; Live Well Garfield County; Mountain Chevrolet; The Law Office of Jennifer Smith, P.C., Immigration & Naturalization; and One World Translation.

Push it Up a huge success

Many thanks go out to all the volunteers and sponsors who made the first annual Pyro’s Push It Up Trail Run such a huge success. The weather was perfect, the trail scenic, the barbecue tasty, and the beer ice cold as 92 people ran or walked the 3.5K or 7.7K or the Double Down (11.2K). Another 116 people ran virtually all over the world to raise money for the Pyro’s Wings scholarship foundation. An enormous undertaking like this takes many people and businesses to make it possible. Our sponsors were many: Alpine Bank, Dalby, Wendland, & Co., and the Rifle Rotary Club gave generous monetary donations enabling us to cover start-up expenses. Microplastics donated a banner and did a marvelous job on the medals. Jean’s Printing made a beautiful poster helping us advertise our event.

Innermountain Dist. produced the Pyro mason mugs we gave to all the participants and volunteers, and supplied the El Dorado water, cups, plates and numerous odds and ends. Grand River Hospital supplied the sunscreen and hairbrushes in our goodie mugs. Jeremy Frees at MRI donated a porta potty. Orrison Dist. graciously donated the keg of beer for our barbecue, which followed the race. Valley View Hospital gave us lip balm, while Pepsi supplied Gatorade. John Pelland from the Glenwood Springs Elks brought their big barbecue to cook all those burgers and dogs, which were purchased by Bob and Elaine DuBois. Denys Funes and Silt Cafe & Grill made up the hamburger patties, donated buns, ketchup and mayo. Odwalla gave us protein bars for our competitors. And at the finish line we had Head On Athletic supplement. Misty’s Coffee supplied coffee for our early morning volunteers. And Nesquik offered their drink for our finishers.

In addition to the generous sponsors, we had over 30 volunteers who helped make this event possible. Garfield County Search & Rescue had a crew of knowledgable people complete with ATVs and walkie talkies. Fortunately their medical experience was not needed. Wayne Edgeton from Rifle Parks & Rec generously supplied us with all of their race timing equipment and trained us on its use. And finally a special thank-you to the U.S. Forest Service for allowing us to offer a unique running event in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Bob & Elaine DuBois, Deena & John Blair, and Jeanie Humble spent many hours of their busy lives gathering sponsors, or canvasing trails, putting up road signs, computing scores, and much, much more. This fund raiser would not be possible without the hard work of these amazing people.

Next year we will do it all again! So join us or help us on Aug. 13, 2016. Push It Up & Double Down

Donna & Ham DuBois

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