Vidakovich column: There’s no Shortcut, so have some Shortcake
This coming Sunday — Father’s Day — would have been the running of the annual Strawberry Shortcut 5K and 10K races. I’ve only missed a handful of them over the 40-some years that the race has taken place, but this year the Rio Grande Trail and the streets of Glenwood will be void of runners and walkers competing in the town’s oldest foot race due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Shortcut, which also included a 1-mile family fun run, is one of most all local races that have either been canceled or postponed to a later date. Some races in late summer are still on, and many others may make an appearance when the leaves start to change in the fall.
With local running enthusiasts chomping at the bit to get in some competitive running, Glenwood High School track coaches Blake Risner and Mike Kishimoto, and myself, came up with a unique opportunity for runners and walkers to get out on the road and test their fitness, racing against the clock and times posted by other competitors.
Thus, the Shortcake 4K (2.5 mile) run was born.
It’s all pretty simple, and the goal of getting people out running and achieving the required amount of physical distancing will be met. The morning of Sunday, June 28, anytime from 7:30–9 a.m., you can come to the starting line on Donegan Road in West Glenwood and charge 1.25 miles up Mitchell Creek Road to a turnaround point, just above the Glenwood Fish Hatchery, and then head back down the hill to the finish.
Runners and walkers will be started in time-trial fashion in 2-minute intervals by Risner and Kishimoto with no more than four people being allowed to go off together. There are suggested wave times for runners to show up at the starting line based on how fast they think the course can be run.
The sub-20-minute crowd should register and be ready to go between 8–8:10 a.m. Under 24-minute runners should be ready from 8:12–8:20. Runners thinking they may come in between 24-30 minutes can head to the start after 8:20, and walkers will start after 8:30 a.m. Remember, these waves are just a suggestion. You can come anytime that fits your schedule that morning and record a time.
There will be some old Shortcut awards and T-shirts for everyone, as well as some leftover Glenwood Springers medals to be had. The top 10 finishers in the male and female categories will also be published the week following the race in this paper’s sports section.
There will be no bibs, no one tearing tags, no refreshments or snacks, and you will time yourself; so make sure you have a running watch or some other timing device with you on race morning. Upon crossing the finish line, you will report your time to the registration table official to record. Please wear a mask up until your designated start time. There will be plenty of sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer available at the registration table.
The $10 entry fee will go toward helping several local animal shelters.
Spread the word and come out on the 28th. If you have any further questions, please call 970-945-0979 for info. All registration is race morning only.
See you on the roads and trails.
Mike Vidakovich grew up in Glenwood Springs, is a longtime youth sports coach and is a regular sports contributor for the Post Independent.
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