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Taking to the track for a good cause

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Hannah Thimsen and Mandi Amato enjoyed their mission trip to Chicago so much last summer that they wanted to take their work overseas this summer.Sunday’s 18th annual Run for Youth helped them fund that journey. Runners, young and old alike, turned out to Two Rivers Park in droves on a sunny but chilly day with a common cause: To raise money for Youth for Christ and for Christian youths to attend camps or go on mission trips.Thimsen and Amato were among those youngsters taking pledges for each quarter-mile they ran during a one-hour time frame.

Next stop for the Glenwood Springs High School sophomores: the Ukraine.”This helps out a lot,” said Thimsen. “We have to raise $2,000, so every little bit helps.”Thimsen and Amato, who attend Mountain View Church, will help start a church in the Ukraine and help host an English camp to teach English to Ukrainians through the Bible.”We’re going to go to orphanages too when we have breaks too,” Amato said.The two went to Chicago to do urban mission work last summer, leaving them with a want to do more, and in different environs.

“It was a lot of fun,” Thimsen said. “We helped out the more unfortunate and we put on a little (Vacation Bible Study). It was a lot of fun. The kids were really cute.”There were two courses for runners to choose from, one looping a half mile around the softball field and amphitheater at Two Rivers and another that extended farther along the River Trail heading through downtown Glenwood.Adults were also open to tackle the course and raise funds.All told, runners raised $31,331. The top fundraiser was Adam Hawking, whose pledge and racing efforts netted $1,447.

The award for most laps run by a youth went to Ben Jones (34). Scott Marr topped the field of adults by completing 38 laps. In team competition, Team Marr – consisting of Grant Fagan, Scott, Vincent and Everett Marr ruled the day. The foursome combined for 110 laps. That’s 27.5 miles.Hawkins, Matthew MacQueen, Joe Roper and Michael Roper teamed up to raise the most funds as a team.All in all, the day was a successful one, said race organizer Pete Schaffner, a director for Youth for Christ.”We had a great turnout,” he said. “We had a real mixture of people from Parachute, Eagle, all the way down to Carbondale. It’s a neat opportunity for the community to get involved, a good chance to work together.”

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