Shortcut has more room to run |

Shortcut has more room to run

Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Staff

Join the party: More than 900 runners have registered for Sunday’s 2005 Strawberry Shortcut. And, with three races to pick from, there’s room for more be part of the fun.

This year the event has been moved to the same weekend as the Strawberry Days Festival. The move has been favorable, event organizer Jim Yellico said.

“Everyone’s really excited about having (the Shortcut) during Strawberry Days. This year it should be more of a fun time for the runners because of the change.”

Everything else surrounding the 28th renewal of the event remains the same as in past years.

The 10K run begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5K begins at 8:45 a.m. Both races start at Centennial Park at Ninth Street, east of Grand Avenue and end under the Grand Avenue Bridge (see map). The one-mile Family Fun Run begins at 9:45 a.m. That race starts and finished underneath the Grand Avenue Bridge.

The Shortcut, which benefits Special Olympics Colorado, is the second race of the four-race Glenwood Charity Race Series (Mother’s Day Mile, YouthZone Uphill Challenge and Glenwood Canyon Shuffle). Runners who participate in three are eligible for raffle prizes.

Prizes include a three-night trip for two to the Red Mountain Inn Adventure Resort in Utah, a two-night stay at luxury townhome in Moab or a $500 savings bond, courtesy of USBank.

While the Shortcut centers on fun, a number of area running legends will be part of the throng lining up at the start. Bob Willey will make his 26th straight appearance. Mike Vidakovich has been part of the field for more than 15 years. Other Shortcut veterans include Warren Bystead and Charlie Wertheim.

On the women’s side, Lisa Giles-Gonzales, the 2003 and 2004 women’s 10K winner, is looking for a three-peat this year.

Two lifetime Glenwood residents ” Marco Salmen and Gus Lundin ” won the 2004 men’s 10 and 5K respectively. Kelly Smith from Eagle was last year’s fastest woman overall in the 5K.

Festivities involving the Shortcut begin Saturday afternoon.

There will be a pasta dinner with live music from 6-8 p.m. at Centennial Park. Tickets are $5. There will also be live music the day of the race under the Grand Avenue bridge. In addition, a number of downtown businesses are expected to be open early Sunday and give discounts to those wearing Shortcut T-shirts.

Registration is open Friday at Bank of Colorado branches in Glenwood and Basalt, and the Toy Shop in Basalt. Participants can also register online at through Saturday evening. Registration is also available at Centennial Park on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m. in the starting area.

The Shortcut is also seeking additional race-day volunteers. For more information on the Shortcut, call 945-7760. For information on the Glenwood Charity Race Series, visit or call 945-8503, ext. 3336.

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