Springers track meet to be run Wednesday
Track is a serious sport. But it has a lighter side, too.
That’s what makes the Glenwood Springers’ annual all-comers track meet attractive to athletes of all ages, shapes, and stamina.
There’s something for everyone.
And those who participate in Wednesday’s meet also help raise funds for the local track club.
The meet takes place on the Glenwood Springs High School track at Stubler Memorial Field at 5 p.m.
“We encourage everyone to get involved,” said Greg Feinsinger, a former Springers’ coach and one of the founders of the local track club.
Feinsinger stressed the goal of the Springers meet is to get families and groups involved and have fun.
The Springers spice up the meet with special relay events for open and corporate teams.
The meet kicks off with a distance medley relay. The first runner of each four-person team runs 1,200 meters (three laps) around the track. Others team runners followed with a 400-meter sprint, an 800-meter run and a 1,600-meter anchor lap.
A special relay just for families features two segments of 100 meters each, followed by legs of 200 and 400 meters.
Family relay runners can be of any age from toddler to senior.
Each team must include at least one female runner.
Later on, a 4 x 100 meter relay will also be held for open and corporate teams.
A 50-meter dash will take place for runners 10 and under.
Other sprint events include races at 100, 200 and 400 meters.
For those favoring longer distances, the meet features runs of 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
Field event competitions will be held in the long jump and shot put. Each competitor will be give three attempts in each event.
All events are divided in age groups and by gender.
Youth age groups include boys and girls age divisions for 4-and-under, 5-6, 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18 participants.
Adults are divided into men and women’s age divisions of 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-and-above.
Girls events will be run first, followed by the boys in all youth running events. Boys and girls, and possibly age groups could be combined, in the interest of time and participation.
Ribbons will be awarded to the top three finishers of each event.
A concession stand will be open during the meet.
Registration for the meet is from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday at the track. Entry fees are $10 for individuals 18-and-over and $5 for those who are under 18.
Entry fees and corporate sponsorship of relay teams from the meet allow the Springers track club to rent the facility at the high school for team practices. Those funds also help purchase equipment and team uniforms.
The Springers track club is open to area youths throughout the valley.
This year’s roster has 65 members. The ages of the team range from elementary school through recently graduated high school students.
And they come from all areas of the valley. Feinsinger said this year’s team includes residents of Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Carbondale and Basalt.
The team practices at the Glenwood Springs High School track from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday until mid-July.
A partial list of former Springers who have gone on to outstanding careers in high school and college include Matt Queen, Dana Boyle, Corky Stark, Luther Kopf and Amy Feinsinger.
Prior to Wednesday’s meet, the Springers track team has participated in four track meets this summer.
In the local Hershey meet, held last week at GSHS, 22 area youths qualified for the Colorado state Hershey meet, to be held July 6 in Lakewood.
Winners from the Colorado meet are placed on a regional team with other Hershey meet state winners from Wyoming, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota and three Canadian provinces.
The regional team then competes at the national finals on Aug. 7-10 in Hershey, Penn.
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The 40th annual Demon Invitational track and field meet takes place Saturday, May 15 at Stubler Memorial Field.