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A Shortcut to father-child bonding

Kelli Rollin
krollin@postindependent.com

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Larry Thrun of Glenwood Springs used to sign his kids up to run races, knowing they weren't too keen to the idea. Now, they willingly sign up to run with their dad.

Larry and his children Melissa, 17, and Mathew, 15, ran the Strawberry Shortcut 10K run on Sunday — the fifth year they've run the race together as a family.

Sandwiched between his two kids on the race course on Father's Day, Larry finished with a time of 47 minutes, 48 seconds.

"It's just great to have them all here with me today," Larry said, sporting a sweat-soaked shirt.

Melissa said she and her brother got into running because of their dad, who used to run cross-country when he was younger.

"When we were little, we were 'put' into races," Melissa said. "At first I hated it. I dreaded it as a kid."

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Now Melissa enjoys running, especially on this day with her dad. She noted that many people don't have the luxury of having their dad run a 10K race with them.

"I think it's great that we can do that," she said.

As for what she thinks about her dad, Melissa said, "He tries to act tough, but he's really a sweetheart."

Curtis Cooper of Meeker was all smiles on Father's Day to be with his grandson. Danny Cooper, 10, has been running the 5K race with his grandparents for three years.

"It's nice to do something together outside and while he's [Danny] still young enough to enjoy it with me," Curtis said.

Curtis said he likes to have Danny visit as often as possible, but if he's visiting during the Strawberry Shortcut, "he's going to have to run."

But Danny doesn't seem to mind, as he's active and plays multiple sports.

"I like it because I get to spend time with [his grandparents]," Danny said.

Curtis, who has been running the 5K for close to 12 years, added: "It's kind of a tradition now."

Though she's the real runner in the family, Kelly Sarno of Glenwood described her husband as an active dad.

"He's more of a kid himself," Kelly said.

Ben Sarno ran the 5K and fun run with his wife and two kids, Ryan, 6, and Alli, 3.

The Sarnos live on the race path, so Ben said he's been volunteering with the race for 10 years and running the 5K. He said he likes to do "anything active," with his kids when spending time with them.

Ryan excitedly said his favorite thing about his dad is that he takes him skiing.

"It's awesome," Ben said of getting to run with his family on Father's Day. "Just getting to run with the whole family for a little bit, it gets them started [in life] on the right foot," he said.

Father's Day nearly brought John Sherman's entire family out to run.

Sherman, 78, of Glenwood, crossed the 10K finish line alongside his son-in-law to the sound of an opera singer crooning the Star-Spangled Banner.

As a Strawberry Shortcut runner for close to 25 years, Sherman was simply happy to cross the finish line.

"You get slower and slower every year, but I enjoy it," he said.

Sherman's three grandsons, wife and stepdaughter ran the fun run, and his son and son-in-law ran the 10K.

Sawyer Patrick, 9, also said he liked spending Father's Day running the Shortcut with his dad and grandpa.

"I think it's nice, it's cool, it's fun," Patrick said, "It's family."

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