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Strawberry Days, Shortcut together again

G. Sean Kelly
GSPI Sports Editor

For those runners and revelers who have trouble making decisions, this year should be easier.

Jim Yellico hopes to alleviate some of the burden of having to choose an event ” and with it take out any excuses ” by returning the Strawberry Shortcut run to Strawberry Days weekend. For more than a decade, the Shortcut has been going off the weekend before Strawberry Days.

“The responses I’ve always heard is that it’s hard for people to pick between two weekends,” said Yellico, the Shortcut race organizer. “They were having to choose between Strawberry Days and the Strawberry Shortcut. The locals are very happy about it. As far as statewide, every year people say, ‘It was a great race and a lot of fun, but I wish it were during Strawberry Days.'”

With Glenwood’s weekend population swelling, there should be a significant bump in participation as well. The Shortcut drew a record 996 runners in 2001, and Yellico hopes to eclipse the 1,000-participant mark for the 28th running of Glenwood’s marquee race of the summer.

“There shouldn’t be any excuses,” Yellico said. “I’m really hoping, with all the extra people in town, we’ll hit 1,000 for the first time.”

The logical time to hold the Shortcut is during Strawberry Days, but the move didn’t come without some logistical hurdles.

The biggest hurdle was manpower. With a weekend full of Strawberry Days festivities, the Glenwood Springs Police Department is already overworked by the time Sunday morning rolls around.

When Yellico first proposed moving the Shortcut to Strawberry Days, police chief Terry Wilson wasn’t real hot on the idea, according to Yellico.

“The first words out of his mouth were, ‘Yeah, you can have it on Strawberry Days weekend ” if you do it in New Castle,” Yellico joked.

Yellico obviously had his best sales pitch ready, as well as the help of A-1 Traffic Control out of Silt.

“We’ve got a traffic control plan, so there will be flaggers to help the police out, or in lieu of the police,” Yellico said. “Terry Wilson deserves a lot of credit for taking a chance on this.”

The race will still feature a 10-kilometer run, a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run/walk, and the construction shouldn’t effect the course, according to Yellico. The start for the 10K (7:30 a.m.) and 5K (8:45 a.m.) is at Centennial Park on Ninth Street east of Grand Avenue, and the finish is on Seventh Street under the Grand Avenue Bridge. The Family Fun Run/Walk (9:45 a.m.) starts and ends under the Grand Avenue Bridge. Soul Feel will play an acoustic set in the morning and there will be the typical spread of food and drink for participants.

One thing that won’t happen this year is the carbo-loading picnic and registration the evening before the race. Runners can still register the day before the race in front of Glenwood Chiropractic on the corner of 14th and Grand Avenue.

There will also be race-day registration at Centennial Park starting at 6 a.m. Currently, registration is available at the Bank of Colorado in Glenwood Springs and Basalt, Performance Footwear in the Glenwood Springs Mall, the Toy Shack in Basalt and online at http://www.active.com.

The entry fee is $20 for the 5K or 10K or $25 for both. The fun run is $18. The fees rise $5 after Wednesday. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Special Olympics.

For information, call 945-7760.

– When: Sunday, June 19

– What: 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run

– Early registration: http://www.active.com; Bank of Colorado in Glenwood Springs and Basalt; Performance Footwear at Glenwood Springs Mall; Toy Shack in Basalt


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