It’s so much fun to watch all the kids — red-faced from running so hard, but with big smiles on their faces — as they cross the finish line at the Golden Gallop, according to Golden resident Chad Hume.
“Seeing the determination on their …
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“Seeing the determination on their faces is awesome,” Hume said. “It gives you a great feeling to see that.”
And it’s also fun to watch all the parents pushing strollers in the race, he added, because those kids in the strollers are the future Golden students.
“It’s rewarding,” Hume said, who will be running the in Golden Gallop this year with his wife Amy and daughter Casey, 11, a sixth grader at Shelton Elementary School. “It’s something charitable that we can do to support the schools.”
The Golden Gallop is a family-friendly community race that takes place this year on Sept. 24. It offers a 5K and 10K race for participants age 11 and older, and a Kid’s Fun Run with three age group categories for children ages 2-10.
“For us, it’s very much a family thing,” Amy Hume said. “We’ll keep pace with each other and we’ll typically hold hands as we cross the finish line together.”
Proceeds from the Golden Gallop benefit the Golden Schools Foundation, which supports seven Golden neighborhood articulation schools — Kyffin, Mitchell, Shelton, Ralston and Welchester elementary schools; Bell Middle School; and Golden High School — through its various programs, such as enrichment grants for school projects and/or learning tools, summer academic programs/camps for students and a program for teachers that gives them extra opportunities to enhance their teaching excellence.
Schools, overall, have suffered significant budgets cuts over the last few years from the state level on down, said Kim Brock, chair of the Golden Schools Foundation.
Therefore, she added, “specifically supporting our Golden schools has a stronger influence to provide an excellent educational experience to our Golden students, which in turn helps strengthen our community.”
Last year, more than 1,100 people ran in the Golden Gallop, and raised more than $24,000 which was invested in Golden schools and students, Brock said. This year, organizers expect the race to draw a crowd of at least 1,200 participants, and the event has nearly 40 community sponsors.
“The overall community essence among sponsors, schools and families really resonates,” Brock said. “People understand that they are supporting a community-driven event that directly puts funds back into the community.”
The Golden Gallop offers a fantastic route for runners of all levels, Amy Hume said, mentioning she is a consistent runner who participates in a marathon each year and a number of the community and school-benefit races in Golden.
“It’s awesome to run down Washington Avenue with no traffic, underneath the welcome arch and across the bridge,” she said.
This year will be Casey Hume’s fourth time participating in the Golden Gallop, but the family has been involved with the race since she was in the first grade. Casey’s favorite part is being able to run it alongside her parents, but she also likes to be outdoors to enjoy the morning weather, she said.
And she likes that people from all the schools participate.
“It’s really good to get to see friends from other schools,” Casey Hume said.
After the Hume family finishes their 5K race, they are also volunteering for the Kid’s Fun Run.
“We like to hang out and make a full morning of it,” Amy Hume said. “Hanging out on a Sunday morning in Golden with the community — there’s nothing like it.”
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