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Aspen Valley Marathon, Half, 5K coming up

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Lace up your running shoes. It’s another running weekend in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The featured race this week is actually three events, and they’re scheduled for Saturday.

The Aspen Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K will take off Saturday morning.

The full marathon, in its third year, will take runners from Aspen to Basalt via the Rio Grande Trail.

The half marathon and 5K will start and finish in Basalt at Lions Park, race headquarters.

“We have lots of space in the 5K,” said race director Sean Solon. “The marathon and the half are about full. There are a few spots open. But we have lots of space for the 5K. And you can register at Lions Park in Basalt.”

The 5K race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday in Basalt.

Solon said preparations have gone well for the third annual valley marathon.

“The registration has grown every year. We could have as many as 600 in all three races Saturday,” Solon said.

“It’s a very nice course. It’s off the city steets. It follows the river the whole way,” he said. “And it doesn’t hurt that it’s downhill, too.”

The full marathon Saturday will start at 7 a.m. at Wagner Park in downtown Aspen.

A team of three wheelchair racers will lead the marathoners. They will start about 5 minutes early, Solon said, to accommodate the narrow section of trail through the John Denver Sanctuary along Rio Grande Park.

The wheelchair athletes are part of a fundraising effort in support of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which works to pursue research for regeneration and promising treatments for those with spinal cord injuries. They will be competing in 50 marathons over 50 weeks in 50 states.

In addition, the Aspen Valley Marathon on Saturday will include Bob Schluben, who is in the process of running 52 marathons in one year.

“I have committed to running a marathon a week for an entire year to raise aware and funds for two great organizations: Sunflower House and the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund (SAFE),” Schluben said in his race application.

“Sunflower House protects children in our community from physical and sexual abuse through education, advocacy, forensic, and medical services. SAFE exists to support the families of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency service personnel in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, who have perished while protecting our community and our citizens.”

More information on his project, visit http://www.BobSchluben.com.

For more on Saturday’s Aspen Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K, visit http://www.aspenvalleymarathon.com.

Mount Sopris Runoff

The annual Mount Sopris Runoff will return on Saturday, July 27.

The 14-mile run will go from the Emma school to Sopris Park in Carbondale, via Sopris Creek and Prince Creek. The race will start at 7:30 a.m.

There also will be a special Four Mile to the Fair Run, with runners going from Prince Creek to the Carbondale Mountain Fair in Sopris Park.

Registration is available online at active.com or at Independence Run and Hike, 586 Highway 133 in Carbondale.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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