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September 10, 2005 - Fitness Festival's New Start and Course Finishes First

What: Fifth Annual 5K Run/Walk

Where: Crescent Park at Bellview and DTC Blvd.

When: September 10, 2005

Time: 7:30AM Registration and Fitness Activities; 9AM 5K run/walk begins

Beneficiary: First American State Bank Fitness Festival supports the Community Asset Project, a program of Cherry Creek Schools

Grand Marshal(s): Mark Randall, The Denver Nuggets and Susie Wargin, 9NEWS

Presenting Sponsor(s): Title Sponsors: First American State Bank

Gala Chairperson(s): Kristina and Jay Davidson

Honorary Chairperson(s): Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools

Corporate Chairperson(s): Nick Lepetsos, with First American State Bank

Founders: Kristina and Jay Davidson and Jean Galloway

Committee Members: Corporate: Carol and Robert Aronowitz, Emmett Duemke, Kay Fair, Ted Friedman, Jean Galloway, Gail Haun, Walt Imhoff, Scottie Iverson, Rich McGilvery, Kevin Preblud, John Stedeford

Catering: Cheesy Jane’s/Robinson Dairy, Cool River Café, Il Fornaio, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant DTC, Morton’s Steakhouse DTC, Starbucks, Strings, Tony’s Meats & Specialty foods, Tosh’s Hacienda, The Wellshire Inn

Entertainment: Autographs by Bronco Alumni and Nuggets Alumni, live music, children's entertainment, food sampling and giveaways

Of note: Greenwood Village closed down DTC Blvd. - the first time ever for an event - for the Fitness Festival

Sponsors: Platninum Bonfils Blood Center; Sharon Magness Blake, Ernie Blake and Epicurean Cateting; Gold: Murray Motor Imports, HealthONE/Centennial Medial Plaza, Tim Trout; Silver: Aronowitz Family Foundation, Alpine Wholesale, Erhart, Keefe, Steiner & Hottman, Frontier Airlines, GDXdata, Walt and Georgia Imhoff, Kaiser Permanente/Thrive, Kenneth Kendel King Foundation, LaSalle Bank, Margot and Allan Frank, MDC Holdings/Richmond American Homes, Metro Denver Title, Republic Financial Corporation, Security Title Guaranty Co.; Media:, 9NEWS, Colorado Parent Magazine, MIX100, The Villager; Community: Goldsmith Metro District, Greenwood Village; Fitness: Greenwood Athletic Club

Attendance: 3,000 walkers and runners

Attire: Running and walking


Planning Committee: Margie Adams, Holly Rutherford-Allen, Tustin Amole, Jacque Beaver, Sue Bergan, Dana Brandorff, Rosemary Buehler, Michelle Davidson, Amy and Pat Downing, Kim Dyer, Stephen Edmonds, Marla England, Brain Finken, Dave Fisher, Karen Fisher, Debbie Guckes, Linda Goto, Shirley Herbert, Brenda Holben, Molly Kemmer, Debbie Lepetsos, Edie Marks, Laren Naiman, Paula Neubert, Anna Osborne, Louise Richardson, Lyn Schaffer, Carol Streno, Robin Thorsen, Jacquelyn Winbush, Teresa Yost

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

 After the run/walk, thousands of participants gathered on the DTC Blvd. to enjoy food samples, listen to music and hear the winners of the race
After the run/walk, thousands of participants gathered on the DTC Blvd. to enjoy food samples, listen to music and hear the winners of the race

Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

A few thousands both walked and ran to the fifth annual First American State Bank Fitness Festival. The family fun kicked off bright and early (7:30AM), September 10th at Crescent Park, at the intersection of Bellview and DTC Boulevard.

“First American State Bank is proud to be the title sponsor of the Fitness Festival for the fifth year,” said Jay Davidson, CEO and Chairman of the Board, event co-chair along with his wife Kristina. “The proceeds go to make our community stronger thorough the Community Asset Project and the work of the school district.” The annual race underwent a few changes starting with a new date – two weeks after Labor Day. By doing this, the planners wanted to include more of the kids in the Cherry Creek School District and since school would be in session, every one would look forward to the “mini” break. Teams and clubs from the school district also were able to be more involved as a group due to the date change, and because of this, the community turnout was the largest in its history.

Other changes were starting the event one hour earlier, at 9AM, instead of 10 and rerouting the course. The start/finish line was in the same place with an easier route to follow, beginning right in front of the Title Sponsor First American State Bank on the Denver Tech Center Blvd. and Bellview.

In the changing of the race route, the DTC Boulevard was closed to vehicular traffic - the very first time - for the Fitness Festival to take place. With the start/finish race on one end and the bandstand at the other end, the length of the DTC Blvd. offered a great-enclosed area for the many food vendors, sponsor booths and silent auction displays. After the run/walk, thousands of participants gathered to enjoy food samples, listen to music and hear the winners of the race.

Susie Wargin from 9NEWS and Denver Nuggets Mark Randall were the Grand Marshals, kicking off the race and Broncos Alumni Billy Thompson, Larry Brunson and Willie Oshodin, along with Nuggets Francisco Elson were on hand for autographs. Nick Carter from 9NEWS was there bright and early and did a live telecast of the event.

The First American State Bank Fitness Festival is a registered nonprofit whose mission is to help develop skills for a “healthier lifestyle” and to donate funds for youth development as a deterrent to negative behavior such as alcohols, other drug use and violent behavior. Net proceeds from the festival are dedicated to the Community Asset Project, a priority focus for Cherry Creek Schools because of its commitment to enriching young people’s lives with developmental assets that lead to healthy, caring and responsible adults.

The mission Community Asset Project is to build committed community partnerships that promote developmental assets ensuring all children maximize their life skills and academic potential. Developing positive assets is a proven deterrent to negative behavior, such as alcohol and drug abuse and acts of violence. CAP positively impacts over 46,000 students and their families through their programs, training and asset initiatives.

Honorary Chair Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District, "Thank you the Davidson's for being asset champions," said Dr. Moses. “This event does make a difference because it makes such a positive impact in the lives of the next generation."

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