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June 05, 2005 - Saint Joseph Hospital Running on all Cylinders

What: Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Stadium Stampede

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: June 5, 2005

Time: Registration at 7:30. First race at 8:30

Ticket Prices: $28 and $13

Beneficiary: Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation; Denver Broncos Charity Fund

EMCEE: Steve Atkinson, CBS4

Honorary Chairperson(s): Pat Bowlen, Owner of the Denver Broncos; Robert Polk, owner of Polk Majestic Travels

Corporate Chairperson(s): Walter Imhoff

President(s): Carl Unrein

Sponsors: Wells Fargo; Exempla Healthcare; Kaiser Permanente; The Denver Post; Polk Majestic Travel; SJHF Volunteer Services; Mike Shaw Automotive; Robinson Dairy; CBS4; Frederiick Ross Company

Blacktie Photos by: Christine Cool

 Cheyenne Noffsinger and Ron Kaspzyk hold hands as they cross the finish line in the 1k Kids fun run
Cheyenne Noffsinger and Ron Kaspzyk hold hands as they cross the finish line in the 1k Kids fun run

Christine Cool

The 21st annual Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Stadium Stampede was a success! They hosted the race to just over 1,000 race registrants and their families and was able to raise nearly $100,000 for the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, which provides care clinics to many uninsured patients throughout metro Denver and other Denver charities.

Sunday, June 5th, with no clouds and bright sunshine, kicked off at 7:30 with registration. The first race began at 8:30 with the Mike Shaw 5K run and walk around Invesco Field and the surrounding area. It is the 2005 Colorado and Wyoming USA Track and Field Championship race for both men and Women. The top five finalists in both men and women’s categories received cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500.

In addition to the Mike Shaw 5K, there was a 1k Fun Run for kids and the 2nd Annual Huff-n-Puff challenge, in which patients of the Saint Joseph Hospital Pulmonary Rehab Program make the 1-kilometer trek around Invesco field. This is quite an impressive feat considering that many of these patients could barely walk 50 feet without getting winded.

Immediately following the race, there was a large after-party set up for all the racers and their family. The post party included a live band, bungee jumping and rock climbing areas, clowns, and face painting for all the kids. But adults were not left out. In addition there were free massages, food and a beer garden serving free Coors beer.

The Stadium Stampede was also in conjunction with the Denver Broncos Fan Fair Weekend. Participants were able to take their bib tear-off coupon and trade it for an adult Fan Fair ticket for $15 plus two free tickets to any child 12 and under.

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