Teamwork’s the key for 20 in Great Pumpkin Relay |

Teamwork’s the key for 20 in Great Pumpkin Relay

Mike VidakovichPost Independent CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It’s a shame there were no members of the Denver Nuggets present at Saturday’s Great Pumpkin Relay Race in West Glenwood, they just might have picked up a few much needed pointers on teamwork and movement.With the 4K (2.5 miles) Pumpkin Relay made up of two-person coed teams, individual effort was coupled with choosing a good, swift partner-and the right costume.Glenwood’s Nancy Risner, clad in her devil attire, ran a strong second-leg loop of 1.25 miles to lead the pack and claim the couples victory with a time of 14 minutes and 56 seconds. Risner was paired with Johnny Utah.Not far behind was the husband and wife team of Rick and Andrea Arnhold of Eagle. The Arnholds recorded a second place time of 15:05.Local running standout Heidi Vosbeck was paired with Greg Wetzel. The two rounded out the top three with a time of 15:15. Not bad, considering Vosbeck hasn’t really been focusing on speed workouts lately.”I really haven’t done anything fast in awhile, until today,” said Vosbeck. The costume of the day belonged to sixth place finishers Karla Richards and Larry Raymond who were adorned as Fred and Wilma Flintstone.Following the race, Raymond put his attire in simple terms.”I told the lady at the sewing shop she had 48 hours to make me look like Fred Flintstone,” said Raymond with a smile.Mission accomplished.Co-race director Michele Willey couldn’t have been happier about the event and the 20 runners who showed up.”A good day. It was fun,” said Willey. “No hitches.”The race was a benefit for the Colorado Animal Rescue.Locals don’t forget, 18 days and counting until the Turkey Day 5K at the Glenwood Golf Course. Rumor has it that Paul Driskill will be in attendance at the 21st annual affair.

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