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Friends race for a selfless woman

Dawn Witlin
Vail, CO Colorado
Preston Utley/Vail DailyDavid Wieder, left, and Rebecca Rohrer run Thursday at Nottingham park in Avon. Wieder and Rohrer are training for BecTri this Saturday, a triathalon to honor friend Rebecca Yarberry .
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AVON, Colorado ” Friends of a Vail woman who died in a car crash in Dowd Junction last year are keeping alive the cause she loved ” running triathlons for charity.

“(Running) was just a big part her life and she meant so much to a lot of people in the valley because she gave so much,” said Lauren Bolton, of Edwards, who met Rebecca ‘Bec’ Yarberry while training to compete in the Chicago Marathon in 2005.

Friend and family of Yarberry, who was killed at age 27 in a head-on crash on Sept. 17, have organized a triathlon, to honor her and raise money for CURE International, an organization dedicated to providing medical care for children in developing countries.

Bolton remembers Yarberry assembled goodie bags for her friends to enjoy while making the trip to run the Chicago marathon.

“She put individual thought into each one of them,” said Bolton. “That is a great example of her personality. She has a heart that is so selfless, never conditional.”

Becca Rohrer, a former roommate of Yarberry’s competing in the BecTri, said this will be her very first attempt at a triathlon.

“I never would have thought to do something like this,” the 27-year-old Avon woman said. “I think she’d kick my butt if I didn’t do it.”

Before moving out after living with her for nearly two years, Rohrer said Yarberry threw her a small going away party.

“She made my favorite meal,” said Rohrer. “She called my mom, got the complete recipe, made it for dinner and invited friends over.”

Rohrer said she remembers Yarberry’s determination for helping others.

“Anything that anyone asked her to do she’d do it and I was impressed that,” said Rohrer. “Her spirit and her determination rubbed off on me a little.”

Rohrer said she is training five days a week for the triathlon, brushing up on swimming and running.

“I’ve never been a runner,” she said. “Jogging was my least favorite part and the swimming I haven’t done since I was little, so I’ve had to work on that a little.”

The race will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, at Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon.

Competitors will begin with a 400-meter swim in Nottingham Lake, followed by a 15 -kilometer ride through the Singletree neighborhood, ending with a five-K run or walk along the Eagle River rec path.

Yarberry’s friends and family will gather at the lake’s pump house in the park after the race.

For more information, to sign up to participate, or to make a donation in Yarberry’s memory, visit http://www.bectri.com.

Dawn Witlin can be reached at (970) 748-2931 or dwitlin@vaildaily.com


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