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June, 24 2001 - 1,300 run, walk, sunbathe for SafeHouse

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Volunteers prepare for the start of the SafeHouse 5K Run/Walk. The first event was the Women’s 5K, which got under way at 8:30 a.m. Runner Misti Williams prepares to do her 3.1 miles. Runner Kathie Lester is definitely pumped.
Jefferson County District Attorney Dave Thomas and Rep. Diane DeGette, D-Colo., longtime supporters of the SafeHouse event. Runner No. 27 readies for the race. Behind-the-scenes helpers Greg Diamond, left, and Robert Sobel. Volunteers Brent Jr. and Chrissy Gunn and their mom Rachel came wisely dressed for the sun.
Sierra and Savannah Lewis-Sweed traveled in style. Volunteers Sonya and Thomas Lewis-Sweed and their charges, Sierra, 2, left, and Savannah, 3. Race announcer Sharon Freed inspired, cajoled and informed the crowd of more than 1,300.
The Women’s 5K started about 8:30 a.m. Runners circled City Park Lake twice for a total of 3.1 miles. Runners battled the heat, even at 8:30 in the morning. Nancy Seevers and Tien were the only six-legged team in the 5K.
SafeHouse staff and runners Ashley Harder, Molly Schroeder, Executive Director Ellen Stein, Jason Valant and Luther Wallace Information about domestic violence hung on banners scattered along the race route, courtesy of the Public Service Credit Union. Walking is just as effective as running. Susan Bolland, just after placing first in the Women’s 5K with a time of 20.56.
Runner Susan Bolland with her support staff, son Brady and husband Brandon. Some runners, like Melissa Koerperick, look good no matter how sweaty they get. Safehouse supporters Nancy Rogers and Olivia Plyer. When adult races get tedious, bubbles are a great diversion.
Dozens of racers go for the burn in a warm-up aerobics session led by Cathi Gosselin Buddies Brandy Lopez, Shannon Adams and Jill McDonald. The staff of MatchLogic, an online marketing firm, came out in force for Safehouse. On your marks, get set…….
The Kids’ 1K run gave the children a chance to burn up the track. A total of 1,300 runners registered for the Safehouse 5K. The co-ed race followed the women’s race. State Attorney General Ken Salazar addressed the runners, reminding them that “both men and women need to assume responsibility for domestic violence in our society.” About 100 members of the AG’s office participated in the race.
Some volunteer jobs are cushier than others. Here, Erin Lang, left, Safehouse Director of Community Relations Kristina Matkins, and Tom Lang patrol the water tables. Event managers Ellyn Coughlin, left, and Amy Downing flank Safehouse Development Director Brenda Roush. Bryan Glass of Illinois was top finisher in the co-ed race with a time of 16.17 Kathy Masinter was the top female finisher in the co-ed race with a time of 20.
Ashley Harder was the No. 2 female finisher with a time of 21.50 A Safehouse volunteer tears off a runner’s tag as he crosses the finish line. Runners contended with temperatures in the 80s. Almost there!
Paulette Priemazon and John Lemmon represented a team of runners from Rose Hospital. Lowery Mumford, left, and Julie Tinker were among 70 runners from the state attorney general’s office. Jim Graham, left, and Joe Ruvino were with event sponsor Johns Manville. Denise Bowman, Bryan Schwartz and Chris Sullivan are attorneys with Rothgerber, Johnson and Lyons
Christopher Colwell, son of June and Chris Colwell, took an early lead in the diaper derby. Diaber derby entrants Graham and Jackson Geraci ask for a few rules clarifications before the race gets under way. Graham Geraci and Christopher Colwell check out the competition. The Geraci boys take 5 after a grueling race to the finish.
Runners Len Mazzi, left, and Jim Heider, are both 79. Len finished the race in 39.45, and Jim’s response to a question about his finish time was “Another year older, another year slower.” Einstein Bros. Bagels kept the crowd supplied with fresh bagels and cream cheese. This little one had the best seat in the house. The Leo LaDell blues band provided tunes that filled the park.
The hard-working race volunteers from SafeHouse. A plastic jug filled with water provided all kinds of amusement for this volunteer’s son.    
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