Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy

The start of the 2016 half marathon.

The start of the 2016 half marathon.

The Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy celebrated its 20th year under sunny skies on Saturday, October 1, 2016. A race does not last 20 years without the help of so many amazing sponsors, volunteers and runners. This race has survived snow, rain, malfunctioning vehicles, swat team greetings and rock fall damage. This year runners of all ages enjoyed the scenic fall colors with postcard pretty views. In celebration of the race’s twentieth year, prizes were awarded to every twentieth runner to cross the finish line. Prizes were donated by Independence Run and Hike, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Glenwood Canyon Adventure Park, Sheryl and Ted Doll, Tangerine Temple and Joyce Webb ceramics.

Sponsors included the Connie Delaney Medical Library at Valley View Hospital, Grand River Health, FCI Constructors, Gallegos, Bank of Colorado, Crystal Property Management, Aspen Community Foundation, Garfield County Public Library District, Glenwood Canyon Resort, Roaring Fork School District RE-1, Colorado Department of Transportation, Subaru, Bay Equity Home Loans, and KO Creations.

A huge shout out to our amazing race committee. For twenty years, volunteer Dennis Webb has marked the course and met me at the finish line at oh dark thirty after riding his bike through the canyon. Ginny Schroeder, Andy Crisconi, Mary Lou Haflinger, Janet Olson, Kathy Falkenberg, Fred and Jan Glure have all helped for years. Other volunteers included Tanya Allen, Dale Merrill, Kathy McCarty, Bill and Ellen Schoeneker, Julie Olson, Mike Blair, Joe O’Donnell, Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club, Edith Bernal, Maria Duenas, Carol Opeka, Cheryl Currier, Dan Niedbalski, Alex Reyes, Sandra Cano, Eva Frias, Leah Ramiriz, April Ramiriz, Valery Galaviz, Leslie Krick, Karol, Sabine Sanchez, Juyanna Ulloa, Teka Israel, Martha Morales, Maria Delgadio, Lupe Otero, Laura Molina, and Aide Pizarro.

Support of this race by local runners has never wavered. Thank you to all the amazing runners who compete year after year and to all of our first time runners. Your support of our race allows our many adult learners to read, write, compute basic math or learn to speak English.

Spellebration is an adult spelling bee and silent auction for Literacy Outreach and the CMC Learning Labs. Teams of three costumed spellers make their way through increasingly challenging list of words. Teams can spell or buy their way to bragging rights as the best spellers in Garfield County.

Anyone willing to join in the fun and also support adult literacy in Garfield County is encouraged to assemble a team, locate a sponsor, chose a costume and come play with the festive crowd on March 4. To sign up, or to get more information, call Literacy Outreach at 970-945-5282.

In addition, local businesses who would like to sponsor a team can call Literacy Outreach, as can donors who wish to contribute to the silent auction.