September 10, 2016
The Amazing Race on Sept. 10 was gifted outstanding weather - a wonderful start to this 5-mile trail race and 5K racewalk at Matthews/Winters Park in Golden. We had 39 runners and 11 racewalkers - pretty good numbers considering the many other races that were underway the same day (RMRR, Black Squirrel, SMA, and something in Arvada). Our racewalking numbers were outstanding! Thank you to the several families and my friends who joined us. All who turned out helped give the race a "community" feel.
JeffCo Open Space opened a new, dreamy segment of the Red Rocks Trail a few weeks before our race and allowed the club to re-route our race along its sweet, freshly groomed switchbacks. This extended the race by half a mile, so instead of the planned 4.5-mile course, we ran a 5-miler! A lot of runners and racewalkers told me they loved this new section of trail.
I moved the race finish to a gravel trail that winds behind the toilets area, which turned out to be a great idea (credit for this idea goes to club member Siri Lewis). After finishing, the trail directed racers to continue walking - a good warm down - and when they reached the parking lot at its end, every participant was handed a Vitamin Cottage gift bag full of donated goodies, courtesy of club member Jeff Hesse. (Thanks, Jeff!)
Bobo's Oat Bars donated two flavors of Bobo's Bites to our race and 20 coupons for FREE Bobo's that I handed out to those who stayed throughout the awards and door prizes. Bobo's is made with love in Boulder, and the bites are portable fuel for the trail. If you'd like to try them, let me know. I'll hook you up.
One of my goals was to have a door prize for EVERY PERSON involved in The Amazing Race. Success! We even had a few door prizes left over (that I donated to the Oct. 8 Stone House race).
Thank you to these generous local businesses for supplying the club with fantastic door prizes: Calm Spirit Acupuncture (Arvada and Golden); Mountain Toad Brewing, Cannonball Creek Brewery, Barrels & Bottles, and Runners High (Golden). Thank you also to club member Francie Kinney, who donated a beautiful Arbonne Gift Basket, making one runner gal very happy.
That's a look at how much volunteer work goes into one little race. A CMRA race is only as good as its volunteers who show up. Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you to everyone who chose to attend The Amazing Race at Matthews/Winters Park in Golden. You made the work worth doing. We shared a wonderful morning!
|1||Eric Patterson||39:29||Toni Brenzikofer||44:51|
|1||Robert Caillouette||49:33||Patricia Jones||1:00:28|
|1||Greg Wobbema||45:17||Sabrina Robinson||54:43|
|2||Bob Weber||47:31||Kathryn Lewis||1:04:12|
|1||Steve Knox||44:48||Rene Botta||1:01:46|
|2||Rod Switzer||49:59||Tina Akin||1:06:36|
|3||Kevin Snyder||1:00:05||Jennifer Pearce||1:07:36|
|1||Scott Hogg||44:03||Laurie Nakauchi||46:55|
|1||Scott Kukel||40:42||Melissa Okelly||1:03:40|
|2||Jeremy Johnson||40:50||Julie Carroll||1:04:43|
|3||Sam Simkin||43:16||Danielle Carroll||1:07:51|
|1||Robert Kanieski||46:45||Katie Banderton||1:01:27|
|1||Brandon Rockwood||41:45||Jackie Kus||1:06:02|
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