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Edited by Kay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The photo of the Roaring Fork Womens Triathlon Team at the finish line of the 2008 Tri for the Cure Sprint Triathlon truly speaks a thousand words. Forty-three women competed with 3,000 women in a one-half mile open-water swim in Cherry Creek Reservoir, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K run/walk through the park. Their smiles represent a summer of hard work and determination. We couldnt be more proud of their accomplishments. The team consisted of members ages 16 to 63 from Rifle to Carbondale; from first-timers to triathlete veterans. Joyce Rankin, 60, placed first in the 60-64 category with a time of 1:31 :06; Nancy Reinisch, 55, placed third in the survivor category with a time of 1:32:45; and top 10 finishers included Heidi Halladay, 45, in the survivor category with 1:39:02. The Roaring Fork Womens Team was the largest Western Slope team in attendance. The women trained from May through July, learning the basics of swimming, biking and running/walking. Proceeds of the triathlon went to Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Money raised during P.E.O. Chapter AOs Elegant Auction held each December at the Hotel Colorado makes academic scholarships possible, as well as benefiting a local nonprofit.Rebecca Fitzgerald, daughter of Randy and Kathy Fitzgerald, will be attending the highly acclaimed Johnson & Wales University in Denver this fall. Chapter AO presented Rebecca with this scholarship to use towards completing her culinary certification.

Chapter AO awarded Anna Triebel one of their Book Scholarships. A 2008 Glenwood Springs High School graduate, Anna will be attending CU-Boulder this fall, majoring in biology with an emphasis in environmental/ conservation studies. Anna is the daughter of Jan Triebel and Steve Triebel.



Carly Stillman, daughter of Royle and Cindy Stillman, is a recipient of one of the 2008 Book Scholarships given by Chapter AO. Carly will head to CU-Boulder to major in biochemistry/pre-med. Carly hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon.


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