Canyon plays scenic host to MS Walk/5K Run |

Canyon plays scenic host to MS Walk/5K Run

Mike VidakovichSpecial to the Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. On a beautiful spring morning in the Glenwood Canyon, 28 runners and nearly 400 walkers turned out to participate in Saturday’s David Donelan MS Walk and 5K Run, a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.The outpouring of community support for this cause ranged from the casual walkers and moms pushing their children in strollers to local running legend Paul Driskill, who rarely misses a chance to run in the valley.”As members of the community, this walk is something we felt we needed to do. It’s a very important cause,” Glenwood High School freshmen Emily Gorman and Courtney Herrell said.With someone being diagnosed with MS every hour of every day, Priscilla Mangnall – who directed the walk/run – shed light on the fact that most participants raise hundreds of dollars above the cost of the regular entry fee to try to defeat this debilitating disease.”This is the first year we have had the 5K run,” Mangnall stated. “Most of the runners and walkers come here with pledges and money raised that is so heartwarming to see.”The winner of the inaugural 5K run was New Castle’s Troy Feese, who crossed the finish line with a time of 21 minutes, 23 seconds. Feese, who ran cross country in high school and in college at the University of Northern Colorado, just got back into racing after a lengthy hiatus.”I just started running again a few years ago to try and get back in shape,” the winner noted.The women’s run winner and fourth-place overall finisher was Redstone’s Natalie Newhart, who, with some last-minute rushing and frantic lacing of her running shoes, made it to the starting line just seconds before the starter’s gun went off.”I got off the bus late and thank goodness they held up the start a little bit for me,” chuckled Newhart, who clocked in at 23:42. “I just decided to do the race yesterday because the company I work for, HPGeotech, is such a big sponsor of this event.”As walkers continued to cross the finish line throughout the morning to the cheers and support of family and friends, many gathered at tables under shade trees to enjoy the pancake breakfast provided by members of the Glenwood Kiwanis Club. Among those enjoying the food and good company was David Donelan’s mother, Penny, who is instrumental in putting together this event each year. As she spoke, the sparkle in her eye gave away the true meaning of the day and how moved she was by the support of the residents of the Roaring Fork Valley.”We’re so thankful,” she said. “I want to thank everyone so much.”

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