Shortcut, other Glenwood events halted by fire
The popular Strawberry Shortcut footrace, a prelude to Strawberry Days festivities, has been postponed from this Sunday to June 30 because of the Coal Seam fire.Most of this week’s scheduled adult and youth team sport and recreational events in Glenwood Springs have been postponed, or are being re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis, due to the fire.Race director Jim Yellico said all races will start at their originally scheduled times with no change in the course. The 10K race will begin at 7 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:15 a.m. and the fun run starting at 9:30 a.m.Plans are also underway, according to Yellico, to raise relief funds for residents who have been displaced from their homes due to the fire.-Glenwood Springs parks and recreation director Dan Rogerson said the recently-completed Community Center suffered no fire damage on Monday morning.”It smells like smoke and all the fire alarms were on,” said Rogerson when he entered the building. He said the fire did come within 30 feet of the Community Center’s ice/inline skating rink “but there’s not a scratch to the facility.” The building was closed to the public on Monday. The director said he hopes to resume all programs Wednesday, but has to wait for the road leading to the Community Center to be re-opened.Glenwood Springs adult softball and youth baseball games scheduled for Monday and today were canceled along with the department’s Kids Camp program.Rogerson said the city has assigned two fire trucks to the Community Center as a precautionary measure.-The Glenwood Springers track club canceled Monday’s practice at the high school, but planned to attend today’s all-comers track meet in Grand Junction.Springers program coordinator Mike Kishimoto is asking all members to attend an information meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday at Stubler Memorial Field to get paperwork out on the upcoming Junior Olympics and to discuss team practices.-The status of the Glenwood Springs Golf Club course in West Glenwood was unavailable at press time. Roads leading to the course remain closed due to the fire.Staff members at the Rifle Creek Golf Course and the River Valley Ranch course and the Ranch at Roaring Fork in Carbondale said they are open to the public.-Sunday’s soccer games at Gates Soccer Park, located at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley, were canceled. Steve White, CMC’s director of soccer, said all soccer activity at Spring Valley will be suspended until further notice to avoid traffic impacting with the Red Cross relief effort and shelter at Spring Valley.Two long-time annual events planned for this weekend will go on.The 105th annual Strawberry Days Rodeo takes place at the Rodeo Grounds, located by the Glenwood Airport, at 6 p.m. on June 14 and 15.”We felt the people need entertainment, so everything is a go,” said event director Leslie Torres of the decision to go ahead. -The 31st annual Sopris Barracuda swim meet gets underway Friday afternoon at the John Fleet Municipal Pool in Carbondale, and will continue through Sunday.Previous team practices scheduled in Carbondale will go on as scheduled.Activities at the recreation departments in Carbondale, New Castle, Rifle and Silt have not been affected by the fire and will be conducted or played at their currently scheduled dates and times.
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