Galloping downtown for Golden's schools

14th annual Golden Gallop race takes place Sept. 22

Posted 9/9/19

Go Ninth Street! Goldenite Charlotte Mayberry expects that at least a dozen of her Ninth Street neighbors will be cheering each other on as they run in this year's Golden Gallop. But it won't just be …

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Galloping downtown for Golden's schools

14th annual Golden Gallop race takes place Sept. 22

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Go Ninth Street!

Goldenite Charlotte Mayberry expects that at least a dozen of her Ninth Street neighbors will be cheering each other on as they run in this year's Golden Gallop.

But it won't just be Ninth Street residents participating, Mayberry said. “This is put on by Golden people for the Golden community.”

The 14th annual Golden Gallop takes place Sept. 22 in downtown Golden. It offers a 5K or 10K race for runners age 11 and older, and a Kid's Fun Run for children age 10 and younger.

Mayberry, a former teacher at Golden High School, has run the Golden Gallop seven times, and has volunteered at the event for five years. This year, she will be running the 5K, and volunteering for packet pickup at Runners High prior to race day.

In her volunteer role, Mayberry is looking forward to chatting with people — former students and co-workers, as well as friends and other community members she hasn't seen in a while, she said.

The race itself is also fun, Mayberry added. “The route showcases the best of Golden.”

But the main reason Mayberry encourages everyone to get involved with the Golden Gallop is because it is a fundraiser for the Golden Schools Foundation.

“I'm a big fan of public education,” Mayberry said. “Neighborhood schools are vital to a community. We owe it to our future to support them.”

The Golden Schools Foundation is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that supports seven Golden neighborhood articulation schools — Kyffin, Mitchell, Shelton, Ralston and Welchester elementary schools; Bell Middle School; and Golden High School. Its various programs include 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.

The Golden Gallop is the foundation's biggest yearly fundraiser, and last year, it generated about $40,000 that went to Golden's schools.

Everyone “benefits when the schools can provide a good education,” said Donna Neill, principal of Ralston Elementary. In turn, she added, “kids who are well educated give back to the community.”

Neill guesses that Ralston had about 50 or 60 students — plus at least one accompanying adult — who ran the Golden Gallop last year. Every child who races in the Kid's Fun Run get a toy medal, Neill said.

“They're so excited to get that medal,” she said. “They think they won the Olympics.”

Neill has been running for about 35 years, and last year, was the winner for her age category. However, the Golden Gallop attracts everyone in the community and all ages — from competitive runners to those who want to walk the course.

The Golden Gallop, Neill said, is a great way to support the community's schools and a “fun way to spend a Sunday morning in downtown Golden.”

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