Pass it on " relays, races help kids |

Pass it on " relays, races help kids

Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Staff
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson

There are two reason why you should participate in Wednesday’s Glenwood Springers all-comers track meet: It’s fun and it helps kids.

Runners, throwers and jumpers, from children to senior citizens, can sign up for as many events as they wish ” according to age and gender ” on the track at Glenwood Springs High School. Proceeds help offset travel and equipment for the local track club.

Scheduled running races include the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters, along with sprint and distance medley relays. Competitions in the long jump and shot put are also part of the meet. This year’s meet also adds two hurdles races. The top three finishers in each event will win ribbons.

Additionally, there are special relay events for teams from local businesses and family relay teams. All relay champions win trophies.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. the day of the meet. The first running event is at 5 p.m.

A concession stand will be open throughout the meet.

Entry fees are $10 for those 18 and older, and $5 for participants 17 and younger. The relay team sponsor fee is $50.

Since the track club’s inception, the Springers have produced several Colorado state and regional Junior Olympic champions, who have gone on to success in high school and college.

A partial list of former Springers who’ve moved on in track include current Duke University runners Chas and Marco Salmen, and Gus Lundin, who ran at the University of Colorado.

The club has also produced its share of outstanding female athletes. Three Springers graduates ” Lacey Darien, Megan McKinnie and Jennifer Kishimoto ” run at the University of Northern Colorado.

Additional information on the Springers is available by calling Mike Kishimoto at 945-1425 or Greg Feinsinger at 945-5737.

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