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May 10, 2008 - On your marks, get set GO for Mapleton!

What: Mapleton On The Move 5k run/walk

Where: Elaine T. Valente Open Space

When: Saturday, May 10, 2008

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $25 adults pre-registered, $15 children under 18 pre-registered, $30 adults, day of race, $20 children under 18 day of race, $2,500 Sprint Sponsor, $1,000 Run Sponsor, $800 Jog Sponsor, $500 Scurry Sponsor, $250 Scuttle Sponsor, $100 Wog Sponsor, $50 Walk Sponsor

Beneficiary: Elaine T. Valente Scholarship Fund

Sponsors: ACED - Adams County Economic Development, Campusdoor, Heter and Company, Valente's Deli and Bakery, Valdene Ranum, George K. Baum & Company, North Suburban Medical Center, Hyland Hills, City of Thornton, Stan & Glenda Perea and Cotton Newland

Attendance: 75

Attire: Running gear

Event Coordinator: Channing Puchino

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Left - Katie Steers, Sam Barnes, Ally Baber and J.P. Moore
Left - Katie Steers, Sam Barnes, Ally Baber and J.P. Moore

The skies had cleared for the 1st ever Mapleton on the Move Run/Walk and the weather was a little chilly. But that did not stop the runners from coming out to enjoy a run/walk around the lake at Elaine T. Valente Open Space.

There were about 50 runners who participated in the race. The race was to help Elaine T. Valente's Scholarship Fund. Elaine graduated from Mapleton High School in 1959 - the first full class to go through Mapleton and was the first woman elected as the Commissioner in Adams County. She served four terms for a total of 16 years.

Elaine's primary passion was to help children and fight for the underdog. Proceeds from the Mapleton on the Move Run/Walk will go to help students in the area who would not otherwise be able to participate in certain athletic programs and also for academic scholarships. The fund is there to help the underdog to give everyone a fair chance at success.

For the runners and walkers who participated in the event, it was a way not only to give back and help Elaine with the scholarship fund, but also be able to enjoy some time in the sun. There were people of all ages participating. Runners started at the age of about 10 years old and went up from there. One gentleman I spoke with was in his 70s and is still going strong. "For me it is just another day of getting up and exercising,"  he said non-chalantly.

The run was a success and in the future the run will only grow larger. And once the runners come out and experience the scenic route, this event is sure to become a staple on the Spring calendar.

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