Canyon Shuffle benefits Literacy Outreach program |

Canyon Shuffle benefits Literacy Outreach program

Mike Vidakovich
Special to the Post Independent
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” One hundred twenty-seven participants showed up on a picturesque fall morning in the Glenwood Canyon to run and walk in the Canyon Shuffle half marathon and 5K races to benefit the Literacy Outreach program.

A pair of Matts ended up getting to the finish line first in their respective races, as Matt Huber of Glenwood won the 13.1-mile half marathon with a time of 1 hour, 27 minutes and 43 seconds, while Matt Choquette of Rifle topped the 3.1-mile 5K field by recording an 18:13 finish.

Huber enjoyed the scenic morning, and the perfect running temperatures, but said his victory was anything but easy.

“Boy, to be honest, it hurt,” said Huber. “There was a guy pushing me the first four miles, really crunching the pace. After that, I was able to break away.”

Runner-up in the half marathon was Craig Parks at 1:28:45, followed by Vincent Parrish with a time of 1:29:32. The top female in the half marathon was Stephanie Lynn, who posted a nice 1:32:29 clocking.

Choquette, who is living in Rifle on a temporary basis as a gas industry engineer, won the 5K with ease and enjoyed the scenery and flat course.

“I loved the course, it’s one of my favorites. Running by the river is awesome,” he said.

On a day filled with Matts, Matt Johnson took second place with a time of 19:33 and Brion After rounded out the 5K podium by running to third in 20:31.

Rachel Horvath of Silt ran a 20:50 to win the women’s 5K and place fourth overall. Horvath, who is training for the mid-October Denver Marathon, was excited not only with the victory, but with reaching her time goal also.

“I’ve run this path a couple of times on my long runs, so I knew what to expect,” said Horvath, who recently moved to the valley from Chicago. “I wanted to break 21 minutes and I made it. Just barely.”

Race director Dennis Webb put the popular race together without a hitch and two of the race volunteers, Ana Flores and Gloria Caraveo, were happy to help with a cause that has been so helpful to them.

Flores and Caraveo have both been beneficiaries of the Literacy Outreach program, which has helped to teach them the English language and, in Caraveo’s case, earn a GED, something Flores hopes to attain in the next couple of years.

“Thank you to everyone who showed up today,” echoed Flores and Caraveo following the race.

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