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June 18, 2006 - People from all Walks Stampede the Stadium

What: 22nd annual Stadium Stampede

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: June 18, 2006

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $23-$28 for adults; seniors 60+ and youth 18 and under: $13

Beneficiary: St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Creigh Kelley

Presenting Sponsor(s): Wells Fargo

Gala Chairperson(s): Robert Polk, Polk Majestic Travel Group

Honorary Chairperson(s): Pat Bowlen

Executive Director: Carl Unrein

Staff: Sister Mary Aloys Powell, Beth McIlree, Sarah Heil, Marie Adamson, Pat Barker, Alisa Dewey, Leona Labruyere, Sarah Marley, Doris Roche, Jordan Spack

Music: Vivid Rhythm

Sponsors: Additional sponsors: Mike Shaw Autos, Exempla Healthcare, SJHF Volunteers, The Denver Post, CBS4, Kaiser Permanente, Frederick Ross Company, Walt and Georgia Imhoff, Robinson Dairy, Polk Majestic Travel Group, Cator Ruma, H & L Architecture, Alexander Benefits Consulting, Saunders Construction, Morrison Brown Argiz & Co., Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Minor and Brown P.C., Hansen Brothers Printing, 850 KOA Radio, Denver Flowers

Quote of the evening: "This is all about the children. I have a Foundation in Kenya also and the children are the future leaders of tomorrow."--Overall race winner Peter Tanui

Menu: Fruit, granola bars, DuffyRolls, ice cream treats

Attendance: 1000+

Attire: Come as you are

Information: For more information about St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, log on to

Event Coordinator: Marie Adamson

Board of Directors: Board Leadership: Walt Imhoff, Chair; Thomas W. Honig, Vice Chair; Robert A. Polk

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Dennis Scharinger, winner of the special Father's Day drawing prize, a beautiful NASCAR leather jacket, and a hug from Miles the Bronco
Dennis Scharinger, winner of the special Father's Day drawing prize, a beautiful NASCAR leather jacket, and a hug from Miles the Bronco

Pamela Cress

There were a variety of reasons why people showed up at INVESCO Field this bright and sunny Father's Day for the Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation Stadium Stampede: some were world class runners competing to win, some were aspiring runners and were still pretty good. Others wanted to share some quality time with their family, some wanted to honor their fathers on Father's Day.

There were special groups of runners and walkers from various organizations sponsoring the event, and there was the Huff and Puff group who trained all year for the 1K Challenge, and by the way, they are current and past pulmonary patients at Saint Josephs' Hospital.

More than 1,000 people from all walks of life converged for the event, which is one of the premier fundraisers for the Foundation that acts as the liaison to the community to raise money for charity medical care and provide services for some of the 770,000 Coloradoans who lack health insurance.

Event emcee and all-round announcer Creigh Kelley of BKB Limited did a superb job being everywhere at once and announcing course logistics, runner finishes, sponsor plugs, tidbits about attendees and any other pertinent information that came to light for the crowd. There were runners and walkers, ages 3-83.

Kenyan world class runner and current Boulder resident Peter Tanui won the overall race in just over 15 minutes, with Romanian athlete Luminita Talpos taking the honors in the women's category.

There were fathers running with kids in strollers and families smiling as they finished together. The colorful crowd was peppered by appearances by clowns and "Miles" the Bronco.

After the race, there was bungee jumping, football throwing contests, great music by Vivid Rhythm, massages, giveaways at sponsor booths, beer and soda consumption and lots of smiles and satisfaction at being able to run this course and help out the Foundation at the same time.

The Foundation's President and CEO Carl Unrein took the stage to thank all of the generous sponsors, the attendees, the Broncos for partnering in the event, and all the supporters of Saint Joseph's. Winners in age group categories proudly came up on stage to collect their prizes, and a great raffle wrapped up the morning's festivities. It was a special Father's Day all around.

The Stadium Stampede is sponsored by the Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation and the Denver Broncos Charities Fund, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. More than 200 adult and junior volunteers contribute over 34,000 hours of service each year to Saint Joseph's Hospital, and in 2004, $250,000 was raised through activities such as the Stadium Stampede and more than $1.1 million was contributed to the hospital overall.

The Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation provides vital financial support to Saint Joseph Hospital year after year. The events give funding for much needed capital improvements (there is a $25 million campaign underway to support the cardiac and vascular institute) and equipment needs along with providing financial support to the Caritas and Family Practice Clinic. These clinics see an average of 30,000 non-insured or under-insured patients a year.

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