Silt 5K raises money for wildlife
SILT, Colorado – Nanci Limbach’s occupation revolves around customers of a different breed.
“We have bears, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, foxes, hawks, owls and eagles,” said Limbach, who is the director of the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt. “We have all sorts of animals.”As Limbach shared information about her business with runners and walkers following Saturday’s Run For Their Lives 5K in Silt, she let the competitors know who they were helping by registering for the run. By lending their legs for the 5K run, they were lending a hand to the wildlife foundation, which takes in injured or orphaned animals from the wild and rehabilitates them until they can successfully be released back to nature. That’s why Limbach appreciated the 44 participants who showed up for the race, knowing they helped raise money to keep her animals fed and well taken care of. “This really isn’t a job for me, it’s a passion,” said Limbach, who also co-directed the race along with Sandy Burns. “I’m fortunate because my profession is also my passion.”Burns was also happy with the day’s turnout of supporters and was already looking forward to making the race an annual event.”Everything’s been great,” said Burns. “Wonderful, positive. We’re planning on doing it again next year.”
Even though they had several hills to navigate along the way, runners and walkers were in high spirits as they crossed the finish line of the 3.1-mile race at the Stoney Ridge Ball Field. The winding course traversed the Silt Mesa and proved to be a scenic adventure as well as a good morning workout.Silt’s own John Miner had the best legs and lungs on the day, and recorded a time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds for the overall race win. Miner didn’t seem to mind the tough course at all.”I’m a hill addict,” said Miner, who specializes in the sport of triathlon. “If it’s hilly, I’m good.”Carbondale’s Brad Palmer -who is near the top at most every local race – found himself giving a good chase to Miner, but he wasn’t quite able to close the gap before the finish line.”Just to keep him in sight was a chore,” said Palmer, who posted a solid 20:17 clocking.Another face you’ll see regularly on the summer road race circuit is Coal Ridge High School track and cross country phenom Cheyln McCain.
McCain, who qualified for state in both cross country and track last season, captured her first citizen’s race victory by being the fastest female across the finish line with a time of 24:32. McCain, who ended up sixth overall, was a bit surprised by her standing in the race.”I’m happy. I didn’t really expect it though,” said McCain who will be a junior next year at Coal Ridge. And what about the hills? “Oh goodness, it was hard,” said McCain, with a look of exasperation.Glenwood’s Tobie Rippy and Brittney Rippy were right on the heels of McCain as the two came to the finish clocking 25:00 and 25:02 to round out the podium for the ladies.Having enough funding to keep the animals fed and sheltered at the wildlife foundation is a constant challenge for Nanci Limbach and her staff, which includes eight different veterinarians. Any financial or volunteer help is greatly appreciated. Those who would care to make a donation can send it to: Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, 5945 County Road 346, Silt, CO 81652.
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