Local runners flock to annual Mother’s Day Mile
A rose. A piece of home-baked apple pie. And a great cause.
Those reasons brought more than 400 runners of all shapes, sizes and abilities together for the 3rd annual Mother’s Day Mile on the streets of Glenwood on Sunday.
The numbers thrilled race director Nancy Reinisch, who’s seen the event mushroom in size from its inception two years.
She said the popularity of the Mother’s Day Mile stems from it being “a giving and getting race.”
“We give each participant a water bottle, and a rose when they finish the race, which they can give to their mother,” Reinisch explained. “And the runners are giving too,” she said.
Each runner’s entry fee goes into a fund that assists the Advocate Safehouse Project, which seeks to eliminate domestic violence in the community.
Reinisch added the success of the event comes from volunteer help and a number of local sponsors.
More than 30 students from Glenwood Springs High School’s National Honor Society assisted as timers, information gatherers, and “buddy runners”.
Other assistance and sponsorships came from Girl Scout Troop No. 282, Schmueser, Gordon, Meyer Engineering, Glenwood Medical Associates, Innermountain Distributors, Colorado Mountain College, Valley View Hospital and St. Stephen’s School.
And the race brought together a number of local runners.
That list includes Alex Tiernan, a freshman at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, who recorded the second-fastest time, regardless of age, by finishing the course in 5 minutes, 22 seconds.
Glenwood resident Patrick Davis earned the title of “fastest overall male” by running in at 5:15.
Dennis Webb of Glenwood had the best time among 57 entries in the 40-and-over division. He clocked in 5:33, the fourth fastest time among all participates.
Claire Morrison had the fastest women’s time. The 22-year-old raced in at 5:57.
Jennifer Barsness had the second-best time among women competitors at 6:01. The mark earned her “Fastest Mom” of the race honors.
A 8:39 time gave Donna Phelps the fastest grandmother title. Jeannie Driskell’s 17:58 run gave her the fastest great-grandmother honor for the third straight year.
Complete results from the timed races will appear in Tuesday’s edition of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
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