From tending water stations to emptying recycle bins, about 100 volunteers dedicate their time to make sure runners in the Golden Gallop have a great experience on race day. “The thing to remember …
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The 13th annual Golden Gallop takes place Sept. 23. The event is a fundraiser for the Golden Schools Foundation. It features a family-friendly community race and an expo and awards ceremony at Parfet Park, near 10th Street and Washington Avenue.
The 10K starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K at 8 a.m. Runners, walkers and those who would like to jog with a stroller can participate in both. Starting line is underneath the welcome arch on Washington Avenue in downtown Golden; the race finishes at Parfet Park.
The Kid’s Fun Run starts at 10 a.m. Children ages 2-4 will race only on the Washington Avenue bridge, ages 5-7 will do a half-mile loop along Clear Creek and ages 8-10 will do two loops along Clear Creek totaling one mile.
Packet pickup and late registration takes place from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at Runners High’s new location, 2221 Ford St. Race-day registration and packet pickup takes place from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at Parfet Park.
For more information on race routes or registration, visit' www.runningguru.com.' To learn more about the Golden Schools Foundation, visit' http://goldenschoolsfoundation.org.'
From tending water stations to emptying recycle bins, about 100 volunteers dedicate their time to make sure runners in the Golden Gallop have a great experience on race day.
“The thing to remember about this race is that it brings the community together to support our local schools,” said Kaye Becker, a mother of four who is the treasurer of the Golden Schools Foundation — which puts on the race — and the foundation's Golden High School representative.
But, she added, it's also a great way to have fun, running alongside your Golden neighbors and family members.
The 13th annual Golden Gallop, a family-friendly community race and the largest fundraiser for the Golden Schools Foundation, takes place Sept. 23. Participants ages 11 and older may choose a 5K or 10K race, and younger racers can participate in a Kid's Fun Run that offers three age group categories for children ages 2-10.
The 5K and 10K races attract a variety of runners, from casual or hobbyist runners to competitive, athletic racers. But it's especially fun to watch the children race in the Kid's Fun Run, Becker said.
“The energy and excitement they have is indicative of the rest of the race,” she said.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K races.
All children who race will get a medal and a sweet treat, and 18 winner certificates — first, second and third finishers for boys and girls in each age category — will be signed and presented by Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan.
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 learning tools, summer academic programs and camps for students and a program for teachers that gives them extra opportunities to enhance their teaching excellence.
“It's important for the kids to see the adults in their community making their schools, teachers and education a priority,” said Kathy Pedavoli, a mother of two who has been organizing the Kid's Fun Run for six years. “It's a very exciting day for them.”
But it goes full circle, she added.
“In school, kids are encouraged to become contributing members in their community and to practice healthy habits for their bodies,” Pedavoli said. “Race day provides them with the opportunity to put those values into effect.”
Part of what makes it so fun is working with all the volunteers, said Jennifer Fox, the Gallop's volunteer coordinator for the past five years. Volunteers consist of athletes, parents, grandparents, local children, university students and business owners.
“It's such a diverse group of community members who come together to make this happen,” Fox said.
As a faculty member in the University of Colorado-Denver's School of Education and Human Development, education is a “big deal” to her, Fox said.
And she is a runner. She ran her first marathon about a decade ago.
“I love the Golden Gallop even though I'm not a parent,” Fox said. “It puts my two favorite things together — running and supporting education.”
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