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Uphill Challenge to run Saturday

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Last year, the YouthZone Uphill Challenge was called off because of rain.On Saturday the fourth of the five races that make up the Glenwood Charity Race Series is hoping to get back on track.The course, which is a 5K that starts at Two Rivers Park, gains 1,300 feet in elevation and finishes at the top of Iron Mountain at the Glenwood Canyon Adventure Park, was too muddy for last year’s Sept. 21 race.”We moved it up for weather and to tie in with Kiss and Squeal,” said Robin Tolan, the race organizer, who’s also in charge of fundraising for YouthZone.The race will benefit YouthZone, a community organization providing opportunities for all youth to become responsible, contributing members of society. The Uphill Challenge and the Kiss and Squeal, an event including an auction and selected community members trying to raise money where the winner kisses a pig, are two of YouthZone’s biggest fundraisers.After starting at Two Rivers, participants, which include bikers, runners and hikers, will cross Highway 6 and 24, go up Traver Trail Road, then up the gravel switchbacks of Transfer Trail before reaching the finish line.”We are hoping for 100 or more,” Tolan said. “We are encouraging lots of people to come out.”The Uphill Challenge started in 2005, but this will only be the second running of the annual event after last year’s cancellation. The cost of the race is $30 or $70 for families of three or more. Registration forms have been placed around town or can be found at YouthZone at 803 School St. in Glenwood. Race-day registration will take place at 7 a.m. Bikers will head up the hill at 8 a.m. and hikers and runners are set to follow at 8:30 a.m.All entrants will receive food, beverages and a free tram ride down the mountain. Non-participants can ride the tram for $5. Kids 12 and under will also be given a ride token.For more information, or to volunteer, call Robin Tolan at 379-1365.

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