50th Anniversary Post

Reflecting on the week that Rocky Mountain Road Runners turned 50…

As club president, I want to thank everyone who participated in our Weeks’ Worth of Running.  I was amazed and impressed by:

  • Loyal members who attended every event!
  • Adventurous members who tried something new!
  • Members who came back to the club to renew old friendships and make new ones!
  • Those whose smiles told me they were having a great time!

There are so many examples of smiles from:

  • The kids fun run at the pancake breakfast race. 
  • The members from the 1960s & 70’s having such a good time at Runner’s Roost that we had to reluctantly tell them time was up.
  • The group of speedy guys who ran so many miles at the 50 mile relay event that we topped 150 miles for the day.
  • The volunteers who came out to time the predict run & eat cake and ice cream at Boulder Running Company.

See the photo gallery to see what I mean.   (All images are not uploaded yet.  Email Deb Cunningham any pictures you would like posted.)

I would like to give special thanks to event leads for the week:

  1. Pancake TS:  Doug Smith, Bonnie Keefe and Carmen Kitts.
  2. Monday Reunion:  The group of “Honorary Chairpersons” and Dave Cunningham who helped me connect with former members.
  3. Tuesday Wash Park Run:  Eric Greene and Dave Cook.
  4. Track w/ Maureen Roben & other clubs:  Scott Kukel & Mike Quispe.   And of course Maureen!
  5. Trail running with the Denver Trail Runners:  David Rothenburger. 
  6. Predict Run:  Kevin Downing and Dave Cunningham.  And celebrity starter Mark Plaatjes!
  7. 50 mile Relay:  Karen Voss Szymanski & Peter Szymanski. 

Next, let’s give special recognition to Joe Arrazola, the founder of RMRR.  At 75, Joe is still going strong.  Thank you, Joe, for making the drive from Pueblo to attend the reunion and to run laps with us at Saturday’s relay.  You’ve still got it!!

Finally, our club really came together this week.  We had a core group of people who attended every event or nearly every event, got to know each other better and established a strong foundation for the future of our club.  I’m proud of how we worked together to create a memborable experience for everyone who attended.  Years from now, we’ll look back on this week as a fun time in the club’s history.  To those of you who participated, THANK YOU!   Road Runners is a great club!!

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