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First Walk/Run for Wellness provides new focus on fitness

Dr. Jason Slaver of the Valley Wellness Center was one of many health practitioners participating in the wellness fair at Two-Rivers Park in Glenwood Sunday. Melissa Selfe of Glenwood was completely relaxed as she received chiropractic treatement from the doctor. Kelley Cox photo.
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The focus was on health and wellness.

But there was a little fun throw in, too.

The first Walk/Run for Wellness on Sunday attracted nearly 70 participants for a debut event that focused on health.

The walkers and runners participated in a 7-mile run, a 5K run/walk or a 1-mile family fun walk.

“It was a very, very successful event for the first time,” said organizer Ken Eielson.

“It was a great way to start,” he said of the event, cosponsored by Valley Partnership and the Colorado West Recovery Center.

“The primary mission for the event is to raise awareness about wellness and health and encourage people to get out and do something about their health and wellness,” Eielson said.

The wellness fair attracted some 20 practitioners from around the valley.

Special awards, Eielson said, were presented to ex-smokers and veterans.

The overall winner in the 7-mile run was Dennis Webb of Glenwood Springs, according to the race director.

Jim Richmond, also a local runner, was second.

Heidi Vosbeck finished third overall in the 7-mile run.

Marco Cruz took an big lead in the 7-miler but missed a turn and went off course.

Jesse Porter won the special award as the first ex-smoker in the 7-mile event.

And Jerry Longbons was the first veteran in the longer race.

In the 5K, Kelley Mattingly was first overall and first in the teacher category.

Don Strickland was second and Theresa Mattingly third.

In the former-smoker division of the 5K, Chris Bodrogi was first with Julie Gannon second and Joan Isenberg third.

The event, Eielson added, also was designed to let people know that organizations like Valley Partnership, Colorado West Recovery Center and the local Tobacco Reduction Task Force are out there to help.

“We appreciate everyone’s participation,” Eielson added.


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