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Glenwood runners team up for Challenge Aspen

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When Carol McCurrys not flying the friendly skies, shes serving as a sight guide for blind runner Nancy Stevens on their road to the Maui Marathon and half-marathon.A flight attendant for Northwest Airlines for 27 years, McCurry is also a guide runner for Stevens, a Glenwood Springs triathlete. The pair will run 13 miles in the Maui Marathon with the Challenge Aspen Team Sept. 18.This woman is incredible, McCurry said of Stevens. We have great runs together we just started a rhythm and pattern and now we are running buddies.Stevens and McCurry, both members of the Roaring Fork Womens Triathlon Group, met in the spring of 2004 at a training session for the Danskin Triathlon in Denver. This year, the pair partnered for the Canyonlands Half-marathon in Moab, Utah, in March, and the Strawberry Shortcut in July.I was in awe. I just wondered How does this work? She ended up asking me to run along with her, said McCurry, of Carbondale. I may be her running buddy, but there are so many other people who help her. She has such a huge network of people in this valley who care about her.Along with McCurry, Roaring Fork Womens Triathlon Group coaches Judy Haynes and Nancy Reinisch have helped Stevens train for the four half-marathons and seven triathlons she has competed in with three more planned this season. Before the Maui Marathon, which will include other runners with disabilities, Stevens will compete in her fourth Tri-Glenwood Triathlon. She will also participate in the Honolulu Triathlon in October.Ive been training a lot with the Roaring Fork Womens Triathlon Group. We just did the Tri for the Cure fund-raiser for the Susan J. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on Aug. 7 in Denver, said Stevens, a Michigan native who attended Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, where she learned to downhill ski. Training has been a really good experience. Now were adding the miles and getting up there.Stevens, also a cross-country skier and motivational speaker with a Web site at http://www.nancyspeaks.com, said the fund-raising aspect of the Maui Marathon has been more difficult than training. To participate in the event, Stevens and McCurry are raising $6,000 in sponsorships and donations for Challenge Aspens year-round recreational programs for children and adults with disabilities.I ski with Challenge Aspen, and I just think theyre great, Stevens said. They offer a lot of awesome experiences for people with disabilities.McCurry and Stevens are halfway to their $6,000 fund-raising benchmark, and hope to reach their goal by Sept. 1.I just appreciate any support financial and moral from the community, Stevens said. And I appreciate all the people I run with. I couldnt do this without the help of volunteers.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

To sponsor Nancy Stevens for the Maui Marathon, please make checks or money orders payable to Challenge Aspen, sent to: Nancy Stevens, 814 Minter, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.


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