This year’s Shortcut has international appeal
The Strawberry Shortcut is one of the favorite local events of the year, but it will have a little international flavor when it kicks off Sunday morning.
Two of the favorites to win the top flight division of the 10-kilometer run are coming from well beyond the borders of Garfield County, Colorado and even the United States.
“This is definitely the most international feel we’ve had, and hopefully this will spread in the running community,” race organizer Jim Yellico said. “If nothing else, this will help me promote (the event) next year.”
Jackton Odhiambo, of Kenya, and Likhaya Daylie, of South Africa, both have posted 10K times around 28 minutes, 30 seconds, according to Yellico, and could challenge the course record of 32:34 set by Phil Castillo.
But there’s no guarantee.
“The one thing, from talking to (last year’s 10K co-champion) Teddy Mitchell, this is just a tough course,” Yellico said. “They will still be pressed to run that fast.”
And there should be plenty of local talent pushing the two first-time Shortcut runners.
Bernie Boettcher, who placed third in the top flight 10K last year, is expected to compete again, as are a three former Glenwood Springs High School standout runners. Chas Salmen, Marco Salmen and Gus Lundin will have the advantage of the home course.
Yellico expects around 1,000 participants combined in the 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run this year.
Registration forms are available at Bank of Colorado branches in Glenwood Springs and El Jebel, at the Toy Shack in Basalt and at the Athletes’ Foot store in the Glenwood Springs Mall, or register on the Internet at http://www.active.com.
Registration will also be available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Centennial Park, where there will be live music with John Adams and all-you-can-eat pasta from 6 to 8 p.m. for $5.
The cost of the race is $25 to enter either the 5K or 10K race, $29 for runners wishing to enter both races and $23 per person for the Fun Run. There is a $6 discount off entry fees for participants under 13 and over 60 years old.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Colorado Special Olympics.
The 10K race begins at 7 a.m. at Centennial Park on 9th Street, goes over the Grand Avenue Bridge before eventually hooking up with Linden Street. Runners then head out of town on Devereux Road before looping back to town on West Midland Avenue. The finish line is under the Grand Avenue Bridge.
The 5K race begins at 8:15 a.m., also at Centennial Park, and follows roughly the same course without the Devereux loop. The fun run is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. with the start and finish under the Grand Avenue Bridge.
Winners of the top flight division of the men’s and women’s 10K receive $300, while the second- and third-place finishers earn $200 and $100, respectively. The top flight division is only offered for the 10K.
The winners of the men’s and women’s 10K and 5K citizens race receive $150, and the top male and female over 40 receive $100. The winners of the under-19 receive a $50 savings bond.
Post-race festivities include live music from Big Daddy Lee and the King Bees as well as prizes, awards and free food and drink.
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