Flight Days take off in Eagle
Somehow, it’s fitting that a local teenager would be the logo designer for the Flight Days “Run for the Future” race. As has been the tradition for 15 years now, revenues raised at the race, sponsored by the Western Eagle Valley Rotary Club, benefit youth activities and scholarships.This year, Eagle Valley High School sophomore Hayley Didier of Eby Creek drew the winning tee-shirt logo, a colorful graphic that ties the world, the future, and the race together. Didier won $50 for her winning design from the Rotary Club. Eagle Valley High School art students Roxanne Rysavy and Denisse Manriquez were the runners-up in the contest.Art teacher Sue Coppens says the annual contest allows her students to show their artwork off to the community. “It is a great outlet for us. The kids have a client – it’s a real-life situation for them. It shows them how it works,” says Coppens.The downvalley Rotary Club and a core of sponsors will host the 15th annual Run for the Future, a 10K and 5K run to benefit youth activities and scholarships in Eagle County.”Most of our money goes to youth projects. That’s our major focus,” says Rotary member Barb Hogoboom, one of the race organizers. To date, Rotary has raised $9,000 in prizes and financial support from race sponsors.This year’s 5K run and walk will start at 7:30 a.m., June 27. The 10K run will start at 8:15 a.m., with a 1K fun run beginning at 9:15 a.m.The 5K and 10K runs and walks start in downtown Eagle and wind through Eagle Ranch, looping back to the finish line downtown. There will be some motorized traffic on the course. The 1K fun run is a loop course starting and finishing in the downtown area.The awards ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. in front of First American Heritage Title Company on Broadway. The first three finishers in each category will win awards, and all entrants receive a T-shirt. Overall winners will also win awards. Participants in the 1K fun run will receive ribbons only. Advance registration is encouraged, and is $20. Race-day registration is $25. Runners can register in person at Alpine Bank locations throughout the valley, at Colorado Business Bank in Edwards, and at race headquarters, Maximum Fitness in Eagle-Vail. Mail-in forms are available at Gart Sports in Avon, Glenwood Springs and Dillon, the Athlete’s Foot in Glenwood Springs and the Avon Recreation Center.Registrations will also be accepted at the race site on race day up to 20 minutes before each scheduled event. Race Day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.Survivor Challenge returns to Eagle Daily Staff ReportThe popular Flight Days Survivor challenge will return for the Eagle Valley Flight Days celebration the last weekend in June. The Survivor team competition will take place on June 26 and June 27. The events will test contestant’s physical and mental abilities as well as their courage with a series of challenges. But this is a fun event – not a serious athletic competition.Prize money will be awarded to the teams who score the highest during the different competitions, including a three-legged flag race with a twist, local trivia, a relay race, a talent show, tug-of-war and some plain old silly events that are still being designed.Competition is limited to a total of eight teams with five members per team. Coed teams are preferred. The minimum age for participants is 14 years. Cost of registration is $10 per team. Points will be awarded for team uniforms that are in keeping with the Flight Day’s theme, “Aloha Eagle.” For further information, or to sign up a team, contact Bill Heicher at 328-7104. Local take the stage at talent showDaily Staff ReportThe Flight Days talent show takes place June 27 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Eagle Town Park.Two-year-olds, high school seniors and all kids in between can enter the talent show. Singers, dancers, dance teams, musicians, pianists, gymnasts, comedians and kids with other special talents are invited to perform. The competition is divided into four age divisions: kids under 5, ages 6-9, ages 10-13, and ages 14 and up. A $100 cash prize will be awarded for first place in each division; $50 for second, and $25 for third. Competitors in the two-to-five year old divisions will receive Beanie Babies, courtesy of the Kidtopia Store in Eagle.Early registration is encouraged. There is no entry fee, but the number of entries will be limited. For more information, call Kris McKinney at 328-4498.Cooks come out for bake saleKathy HeicherEagle CorrespondentBreak out the flour, sugar and rolling pins.The Flight Days Bake-Off contest is slated for June 26 at the Eagle Town Park. Entries must be submitted by 9 a.m. – before the parade starts – at the Bake-Off tent in the Eagle Town Park. Judging will start at that time. Cash prizes and ribbons will be given for the winning entries.This is an event where people can have eat their cake and have it, too. Following the judging, bake contest entries will be sold, starting at 11 a.m.People of all ages are invited to participate in the contest. This is a competition for men, women, and children. Categories include cakes, cookies, quick breads and muffins, pie, yeast bread and rolls, and candy. Those entering candy or cookies should bring one or two dozen cookies for the bake sale, but should bring a separate plate with just three samples of each entry for the judges to examine.There will be a separate Bake-Off category for children ages 12 and under.Questions may be directed to Mary Lou Croisant, 328-7866.