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A chance to run and help out the animals

Mike Vidakovich
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mike Vidakovich

“I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d, I stand and look at them long and long.”

” Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for creatures. Whether it’s been the love I’ve felt for the family pets growing up, or the beauty of watching the deer, bears, raccoons and other wildlife that wander through my backyard.

I don’t know how I would get by without my cat Seabiscuit. He showed up at my house almost eight years ago and has been a constant companion ever since.

Animals, it seems, are the ones who’ve had things figured out all along. We humans get so caught up in the daily rattle and hullabaloo of society that we’ve lost track of ourselves and what is really important in life.

With the good folks at the Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) finding themselves a bit overwhelmed with so many abandoned animals to care for lately, a group of local runners decided to put together a fundraiser 5K to provide some financial help.

The Banzai Run/Walk 5K will take place this Sunday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m. in West Glenwood. Please bring a check for $20 (or more) made out to CARE.

Come out and help the animals and mingle with many of the folks you’ve seen at local races throughout the summer. Your support would be greatly appreciated, and the race is a perfect tuneup for Thanksgiving’s Turkey Day 5K run.

Speaking of the Turkey Day 5K, this year will mark the 22nd running of the annual event, which has grown by leaps and bounds through the years. Seventeen runners showed up for the first race in 1986 and, if the weather is decent, you can expect upwards of 400 kindred spirits to converge on the Glenwood Golf Course come Nov. 27.

In an effort to become more environmentally conscious, race directors Jim Richmond and Karen Greenwood have announced that this year’s event is going green. There will be more details on this and as to what runners can do to help out as race day approaches.

Registration for the race begins at 9 a.m. at the golf course clubhouse on race morning, or by calling 945-2026 if you would like to preregister. The race starts at 10 a.m. and is a benefit for the Carbondale Community School.

Lace up your running shoes and show up to help these two great events.

One final thought for readers today, which is completely at the other end of the spectrum from what I’ve written about to this point. It’s from the You Decide Who Is The Biggest Goofball department.

Does your vote go to former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, who was carted off by paramedics from his home to a New York hospital after an apparent overdose of prescription sleeping pills only to later tell authorities and members of the media that it was not him that was taken to the hospital but his 17-year-old daughter?

Oh goodness, Isiah.

Or will you cast your ballot in favor of our very own, new attitude, ready-to-be-a-leader, fresh-off-an-Olympic gold medal, Denver Nugget Carmelo Anthony?

Anthony started the NBA season with a new haircut and a two-game suspension for a DUI arrest last April. So, instead of accompanying his teammates on the season-opening trip to Utah and Los Angeles to provide moral support, Captain Carmelo tells coach George Karl that he will just, “Catch the games on TV from my couch.”

The polls are open (again).

Mike Vidakovich is a freelance sports writer for the Post Independent.

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