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A grand time expected at Shortcut

Post Independent File/Kelley Cox Runners get started at last year's Strawberry Shortcut. This year's event is scheduled for Sunday, June 18, and organizers hope for more than 1,000 competitors.

You can be part of a goal next week. Jim Yellico, the director of the 29th annual Strawberry Shortcut, wants to have 1,000 runners participating in the 2006 race.All that has to be done for you to help the cause is sign up for one of the event’s three races that take place June 18 down the streets of Glenwood.Advance registrations can be done in person at Bank of Colorado branches in Glenwood, Basalt and Rifle or Performance Footwear in the Glenwood Springs Mall.

Registration forms are also available via the event’s Web site: http://www.StrawberryShortcut Race.com or by calling 945-7760 and on race day.The first race, the 10K run, begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5K starts at 8:45 a.m. Both races start from Centennial Park at Ninth Street, east of Grand Avenue and end under the Grand Avenue Bridge.A one-mile Family Fun Run is scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m. The start and finish line for that race is underneath the Grand Avenue Bridge.The Shortcut, which benefits Special Olympics Colorado, is the second leg of the four-races Glenwood Charity Series which includes last month’s Mother’s Day Mile, September’s YouthZone Uphill Challenge and the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle in October.

Runners who participate in three of those races are eligible for raffle prizes which include a trip for two to Red Mountain Adventure in Utah, a two-night stay in a luxury townhome in Moab, U.S. Savings Bonds and guest passes to the Hot Springs Athletic Club.The Shortcut offers $1,600 independently of the race series, and features plenty of give-aways and free prizes. Each competitor receives an official race T-shirt and the pre-race pasta dinner the night before the race.Awards will give given to all male and female first- through third-place finishers, broken down in 12 age groups.

While the race draws considerable attention from out-of-towners, local athletes have dominated recently.Marco Salmen, a 2005 Glenwood Springs High School graduate, posted the fastest overall time in last year’s 10K, when he raced in at 35 minutes, 13.70 seconds. Gus Lundin, another GSHS track star, had the 5K’s overall best time for a second straight year.Glenwood resident Jenny Barsness won the women’s 5K. Kari Cornwell of Fort Collins, snapped the local’s winning streak when she streaked in at 41:39.00 to take the women’s 10K title.Two long-time area runners, Paul Driskill and Bob Willey, will also be honored at this year’s event.

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