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September 12, 2009 - FASB Fitness Festival rocks the DTC

What: First American State Bank Fitness Festival

Where: Crescent Park in Greenwood Village

When: Saturday, September 12, 2009

Time: 7.30 a.m.

Beneficiary: Community Asset Project (CAP)

Master of Ceremonies: Creigh Kelly of BKB

Grand Marshal(s): Bill Hanzlik, former Nugget and CEO of Gold Crown Foundation

Presenting Sponsor(s): First American State Bank

Founders: Kristina & Jay Davidson and Jean Galloway

Co-Chair(s): Dr. Michael Schaffer & Lyn Schaffer

Committee Members: Katie Behnke, Wendy Bell, Dana Brandorff, Kristina Davidson, Michelle Davidson, Wanda Devargas, Jennifer DiBiase, Steve Edmonds, Marla England, Michele Falivene, Lt. Dave Fisher, Karen Fisher, Janice Fritsch, Shar Gardenhire, Kathleen Goldy, Debbie Gradishar, Nora Heitmann, Ron Heppler, Erin Hirstine, Brenda Holben, Creigh Kelly, Tara King, Debbie Lepetsos, Barbara Lubbers, Janise McNally, Willa Minser, Lyn Schaffer, Robin Thorsen, Scott Siegfried and Jacquelyn Winbush

Entertainment: All That Entertainment

Sponsors: First American State Bank, Kaiser Permanente, HealthOne Centennial Medical Plaza, The Kenneth King Foundation, the Vierra Family Foundation, The Villager Newspaper Group, Colorado Expression, “Live with Lisa” Mile High Sports, Fisher Capital, Remax, Margot & Allan Frank, Georgia & Walt Imhoff, Cindy & Steve Leonard, NEXGEN, Kentwood Companies, Republic Financial Corporation, chfa, Service Solutions, Security Title Guaranty Co., Baker Hostetler, Castle Pines Capital, Qwest, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, High Sierra Energy, Unique Properties, Goldsmith Metro District,, Competitor, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Menu: The offerings of over a dozen fine dinning establishments

Attendance: 2,600

Attire: Running

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Fitness Festival Founders Kristina and Jay Davidson
Fitness Festival Founders Kristina and Jay Davidson

When you get something right it’s a good idea to keep doing it and refining it to make it better, which is exactly what First American State Bank Fitness Festival Founders Kristina and Jay Davidson, and hundreds of volunteers have done for nine years now.


Each year this even has raised funds for the Community Asset Project (CAP).  CAP brings together parents, school administrators, community professionals, and youth who are dedicated to building developmental assets and creating a strong partnership between the Cherry Creek School District and their surrounding communities. Developmental assets are 40 common sense things that help youth grow up to be responsible, caring, motivated and healthy adults. It is a framework that helps all kids reach their highest potential and avoid becoming involved in health compromising behaviors.


By 8:00 a.m. Crescent Park in Greenwood Village was packed to overflowing with more then 2,600 kids and their families. Schools represented included Overland, Grandview, Eaglecrest, Cherokee Trail, Smoky Hill, Cherry Creek, Prairie as well as Regis and St. Mary's. Grandview High band kept up a steady flow of marching favorites. Lisa Beldove-Snyder was on location doing her “Live with Lisa" show and the delicious smells from all the participating eateries were already making mouths water.


Out at the starting line, race announcer Creigh Kelly of BKB was doing his usual, exceptional job in coordinating and preparing participants for the race. The air was alive with pom poms fluttering, and cheerleaders flying. School colors of bright blue, red, white, green and purple were worn proudly, not to mention a lot of tie-died tees from Prairie Middle School. Runners of all ages were represented from those who ran the race, lying in strollers, to elders of 70+ years. It was a celebration of health, education and community.


Just prior to the start of the race Kristina and Jay Davidson addressed the crowd and gave a brief history of the Fitness Festival, mentioning that; during the past eight years, the Festival has raised more than $500,000 to support CAP in its efforts to foster and develop skills for a “healthier lifestyle” as a deterrent to alcohol and drug use and violent behavior by students.


At the signal the race began, the lead significantly taken by serious runners; however it was liberally sprinkled with those just there to enjoy the race, following were supporters who chose to walk, or push strollers, or be led by their canine partners. Meanwhile back at the food court the air was pungent with the aroma of cuisine provided by; Bonefish Grill, Cool River Café, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Great Northern Tavern, Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, Il Fornaio, Mad Greens -- Inspired Eats, Morton's, The Steakhouse – DTC, Starbuck's, The Counter -- Custom Built Burgers, Tony's Meats & Specialty Foods, Yanni's, A Greek Taverna and Yia Yia's Euro Cafe.


Within the hour the runners began returning from the five kilometer run and the celebration began, and in addition to the tasty food, participants visited a with event sponsors at their booths, listened to music at the pavilion, watched a cup stacking exhibition, the youngsters participated in part of a boot camp and at the appointed hour everyone gathered for the results and awarding of the trophies.


Dr. Michael Schaffer and Festival Grand Marshal Bill Hanzlik shared the stage in rewarding runners with many wonderful prizes, provided by some of the event sponsors. Appearances were made by Glenda Kelly from Kaiser Permanente and Superintendent of the Cherry Creek Schools, Mary Chessley. The The Belleview Elementary Jump Rope Team gave a fast paced performance, however the stars of the event were the kids, all the children who came out to support CAP in supporting them towards a healthier lifestyle.


When the results were read the 5K winners were:
 Male Overall -Samuel Shusterman, time 18:07
2.  Matthew Hill, time:  18;36, 3.  Scott Dailey, time:  19:04
Female Overall-Lindsay Rooney, time: 21.43
 2.  Amy Plog, 22:05, 3.  Shannon Rollert-Allen, 22:49
 Age Groups:
Male: Gage Voss, age 8, time: 24:21,  Female: Aiko Geddes, age 9, time: 30:35
10 - 13 years old
Male: Keenan Ferguson, age 12, time: 21:08, Female: Madison Dirks, age 13, time:  26:55
14 - 16 years old
Male: Kyle Ames, age 15, 21:11, Female:  Lauren Mills, age 16, 23:56
17 – 19 Male: David Bobke, age 17, time 19:35, Female: Priya Chacko, age 17, time: 24:16
 20 – 29;. Male: Evan Henderson, age 23, time: 22:54, Female:  Melissa Stratton, age 23, time: 23:53
30 – 39 Male: Andrew Adamowski, age 35, time: 19:12,  Female: Katie Davidson, age 39, time: 24:17
40 – 49 Male: Gregg Geddes, age 40, time: 19:14, Female: Mary Hoftlezer, age 44, 24:13
50 – 59 Male: Bill Mills, age 53, time: 19:44, Female: Carol Dowdell, age 54, time: 26:39
60 – 69 Male: John Toscano, age 63, time: 26:47, Female: Dixie Periman, age 65, time:  33:24
70+ Male: Charles Engel, age 70, time: 28:40, Female:  Lucille Walden, age 80, time: 44:58
Additional Awards:
The elementary school with largest team – Belleview Elementary
Middle school with largest team --  Prairie Middle School
High School with largest team -- Cherry Creek High School
Largest Middle School Track team -- Horizon
Largest Fitness Challenge Team -- Fox Hollow
Community Spirit -- Kaiser Permanente



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