Gypsum Daze 5K Run/Walk to help build theater
The Gypsum Daze 5K Run/Walk dates back to 1995, when Eagle Valley High School cheerleaders hosted the event. It started small with only seven people, but it has always been fun and there are ribbons for all finishers. This year the proceeds will go toward the completion of the Gypsum Outdoor Theater. The theater will utilize the old Lundgren Barn in a new location to create “back stage” facilities such as a kitchen and dressing rooms. A new covered canopy and stage will be constructed north of the barn for outdoor events such as Gypsum Daze concerts, musical and dramatic performances, and many other events. Contributions to help promote the event have already been made by Alpine Bank, Big Steve’s Towing, Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce and River Dance RV Resort. Residents can pitch in by participating in the run/walk or by making a contribution.By the way, the race is still lots of fun, and there are now plaques for the top finishers, ribbons for age group winners and participation ribbons for all who take part. Local merchants and businesses donate prizes, and there are usually enough that about half of those participating receive a drawing prize. Each runner and volunteer also receive a goodie bag and a T-Shirt. The results of the race are now computerized, but everything else is done personally by local volunteers. Locals are stationed along the course to direct runners and walkers and encourage them on. Registration, however, is not computerized and the race starts with the a simple word, “go.” The course starts at the Gypsum Town Hall and runs through surrounding neighborhoods, giving runners the chance to enjoy the views of Gypsum. It’s not too big – 68 participants being the maximum to date – and half are just walking. On your marks!To participate in the 10th annual Gypsum Daze 5K Run/Walk , show up at the Gypsum Town Hall on Saturday for the 8 a.m. start. Be there at least a half hour early for bib pick-up and registration. For more information call the Gypsum Town Hall, 524-7514 or Tom Edwards at 524-9703; or log on to http://www.townofgypsum.com.