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Craig’s community groups prevent bad habits, encourage healthy ones

Janelle O'Dea

The seven-member Craig City Council considers Mark Brown's proposal for an obstacle run through Craig next summer.

— Tuesday night's Craig City Council meeting brought gifts from adolescents to the Craig Police Department, as well as a proposed plan for a Craig-wide obstacle course.

Marci Marumoto put together a Moffat County teen council separate from any school group about a year ago. Marumoto said as many as 14 adolescents attend the twice-monthly meetings and come from Moffat County High School, GOAL Academy and home schools.

"It's a nice mix of every aspect of this county," Marumoto said. She also said the group has a mission.

"Their mission and their goal is to make a difference in this community and to show the community that kids here are not just troublemakers," Marumoto said. "That they're not just out doing no good, that they are vital members to this community."

Teen council member Calden Scranton, a senior at Moffat County High School, said four parts make up the group's mission.

"To provide teens in our community with a voice, provide the opportunity to address holistically issues or concerns within the community in a diplomatic fashion, educate teens on state and national issues and to provide teens with resources for planning and organizing community events and projects," Scranton said.

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As part of this mission, the teen council used money from Moffat County Youth United Way to buy two portable breath-testing kits for the Craig Police Department. The kits test for alcohol use, and the teen council hopes the kits will deter underage and binge drinking.

While Craig's teens help the Craig Police Department keep the city safe, other community groups are planning a citywide obstacle course.

"It's going to be a fairly hard-core race with obstacles," said Mark Brown, representing Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide.

The obstacle run, or the Moffat Mudslinger, is still in proposal stages with city officials and REPS developing an event plan. Right now, the date is set for July 25.

Moffat County-themed ideas for obstacles Brown pitched include a coal bucket haul, "cow” tipping — where runners would tip over a large tire with a cow painted on it — and a sheep wagon pushed like a bobsled.

"It'll be really indicative of Moffat County and what our personality is," Brown said.

The Moffat Mudslinger will stretch from Colorado Northwestern Community College's campus to downtown Craig, where participants can celebrate the end of their 7-mile trek with the rest of the community at a block party.

Because the run would cover about a quarter of the town, Brown recognized the group will need to work with city officials and other officials closely to assure a safe and fun run.

Brown said planning this far ahead gives them plenty of time to market and promote the event.

Moffat County Tourism Association Director Melody Villard said part of the obstacle run is a fundraiser for Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, but it meets several community needs at the same time.

"Part of it is to increase visitors for Moffat County and Craig, and part of it is to increase visitors to downtown businesses," Villard said.

Some City Council members had questions but overall were in support of a fun summer event in Craig.

"I appreciate you guys thinking outside the box and bringing something new," council member Joe Bird said. “It’s refreshing.”