Local residents run in the Wake the Whittler 5K on June 16. Friends of Moffat County Education hosted the race during the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous weekend, and has scheduled another 5K and family fun run for Aug. 4. The Dew Blaster 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run will take place 8 a.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Local residents run in the Wake the Whittler 5K on June 16. Friends of Moffat County Education hosted the race during the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous weekend, and has scheduled another 5K and family fun run for Aug. 4. The Dew Blaster 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run will take place 8 a.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Education group schedules second summer running event

At a glance …

What: Dew Blaster 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run

When: 8 a.m. Aug. 4

Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

— The event, hosted by Friends of Moffat County Education, is open to people of all ages. The cost is $20 for participants 13 and older, and participants 12 and younger run for free.

Quotable

“Steamboat has a running series, and there’s a Memorial Day race, but other than that, there’s a bit of a void for running here. I would like to be able to make this an annual series to help with our wellness initiative and it would give the running enthusiasts in Craig something to do.”

—Chris Jones, Friends of Moffat County Education president, about creating a summer/fall road running circuit

Chris Jones has had a motto for the spring and summer months: “Healthy students are better learners."

Jones, Friends of Moffat County Education president, has stressed that exercising also helps children in the classroom, and has used this belief as a reason to organize a series of 5K races in Craig.

FMCE hosted a 5K during the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous weekend earlier this summer, with more than 100 participants.

The event’s success prompted Jones and the local nonprofit education group to plan more races.

“This is an offshoot from the Wake the Whittler back in June,” Jones said. “After that race we had a lot of participants express interest in a sort of running series.”

The result is the Dew Buster 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run, scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 4 at Loudy-Simpson Park. The race, which costs $20 for participants 13 and older (12 and under run for free), will include a T-shirt and prizes for age group winners.

The race will coincide with the Moffat County Balloon Festival and the Colorado State BBQ Championships set for the same weekend.

“We targeted this weekend because of all that was going on with the balloons and the barbecue,” Jones said. “We had been planning on this one, but weren’t sure those events were going to happen. Once we heard they were, we coordinated with their organizers.”

FMCE organizers are hoping to schedule another 5K in September to go along with the Moffat County High School cross country team’s home meet at Loudy-Simpson.

“Steamboat has a running series, and there’s a Memorial Day race, but other than that, there’s a bit of a void for running here,” Jones said. “I would like to be able to make this an annual series to help with our wellness initiative and it would give the running enthusiasts in Craig something to do.”

Jones said participants can register by sending a message to FMCE on Facebook, or registration forms will be available next week. All proceeds go to FMCE.

Todd Trapp, Moffat County High School cross country and track coach, helped FMCE with organizing a course for its first race, and has been involved with talks about the fall event as well. Trapp is a fan of what FMCE is doing.

“In the past there haven’t been a lot of races of any kind in this community," Trapp said. "They showed with the first one that there are people interested in it. I know they’re excited about it, I’m in total support of it.” Trapp hopes more races in Craig will lead to more excitement for running in Moffat County.

“Anytime I see anyone out running, it’s exciting," he said. "It’s exciting to me to just start building more of a running community. The more people, the better.”

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