YouthZone Uphill Challenge heads up the mountain Saturday
When most people go to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, they ride in the tram to get to the top of the mountain. But on Saturday morning, an estimated 80 people will bypass the tram and use their legs to pedal or run up the mountain.They will be doing it as part of the YouthZone 5K Uphill Challenge, the third race out of four in the Glenwood Race Series.The race is named Uphill Challenge for a reason. The race will begin at Two Rivers Park at an elevation of 5,782 feet. After crossing Highways 6 and 24, the course goes up Traver Trail Road to the dirt road up Transfer Trail and finishes at the adventure park – 1,318 feet higher than the starting line.”I think it is unique because there is no other race like it in Glenwood or the valley where you’ve got to go uphill,” said Robin Tolan, one of the event’s organizers. “And we are really promoting it for families. Kids under 17 race for free and we have great prizes, so I think that makes it unique as well.”As of Thursday, 30 people were signed up to participate and Tolan expects the majority of the competitors to sign up on Saturday. “We are looking for a pretty good turnout,” Tolan said.The race-day entry fee is $25 per person and includes a water bottle, brunch, a chance to win a prize and a free tram ride down if desired. Kids who participate will receive a voucher for a free ride at the adventure park. Proceeds from the event will go to YouthZone, a program dedicated to providing opportunities for all youth to become responsible, contributing members of society by working with youth, their families and the community. Participants can also run or bike back down the mountain, if they don’t want to take the tram. There will also be a truck to transport bikes of those who want to take the tram and do not wish to cycle down.There will be first, second and third-place prizes for men’s and women’s divisions in six different age-group categories. The party and awards ceremony will take place at Exclamation Point Restaurant at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The bike competition begins at 8:30 a.m. while the running race starts at 9 a.m. Race-day registration and race packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m.Joining the Mother’s Day Mile, the Strawberry Shortcut and the upcoming Glenwood Canyon Shuffle on Oct. 7, the YouthZone Uphill Challenge is the third event in the Glenwood Race Series. Participants who race in three out of four of the events have chances to win even more prizes.
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