This year’s annual Resolution Run slogan was “Snow or shine!”—but on the morning of January 1, there was no sign of snow. A total of 131 runners from across southern Colorado and beyond joined Fremont Adventure Recreation for the fourth annual Resolution Run 5K and 10K event.
The Resolution Run is designed as an event for the whole family – an event that every member can participate in. The 5K event is open to runners and walkers, and the 10K course is a perfect distance for more committed runners. The courses used the paths from the PCC to Tunnel Drive and offered participants the opportunity to walk through all three historic tunnels. Additionally, a FREE kids’ race, held on the Geology Time Trail, featured a short 0.38-mile loop in front of the Pueblo Community College campus for younger runners.
Sean and Nikki Reynolds brought their kids to attend the event, which they did last year. They enjoy the fun atmosphere of the run and like the opportunity to allow the children to participate in a community-focused event.
“I can’t think of a better way to start the year than by taking on a physical challenge and cultivating healthy habits,” says Reynolds. “My wife and I love these events and bringing our boys together with such positive and healthy people who celebrate the outdoors.”
As Cañon City residents, they also appreciate introducing their three sons to the area’s tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities.
The Lenard family, consisting of Kalem and Tenille, children Maya and Mason, and grandparents Rona and Guy Knapp, brought home three age group medals. Guy was also the oldest runner to compete in the event at 77 years old. Director Brian VanIwarden’s family was at the event, with wife Jennifer and son Lincoln, who officiated the 5K, and children Lorelei and Lincoln, who volunteered for the course.
“It’s fun to watch some of our family run and some of the volunteers,” he says. “Everyone is allowed to do what they enjoy.”
FAR, like most nonprofit organizations, relies on the support of board members and volunteers for their events throughout the year.
“This event is such a fun way to bring the community out on New Year’s Eve,” says event director Ashlee Sack, “and not just the attendees: we have over a dozen volunteers who give their time and support to this event, and it’s fun to let.” they also participate.”
Sack noted that new volunteer Lana Taton Young volunteered for the event because her niece, sponsored ultrarunner Hillary Allen, would be “proud of her.” Some volunteers also supported the event because family members or friends ran along.
The winners of the 5K were Ryan Gillespie in 21:55 and Jen VanIwarden in 24:23. Winners of the 10K were Scott Wiseman with a time of 43:59 and Rebecca Gotthardt with 46:43.
Special thanks to event supporters, Big Cat Plumbing, SoCo Nutrition, Little Canyon Inn, Natural Grocers, Pueblo Community College, the Handlebar and support from the Cañon City Parks and Cemetary Department. Visit joinFAR.org for full race results.