Run for the Future helping valley youth |

Run for the Future helping valley youth

Special to the DailyFlight Days Fun Run on June 24 raises money for area youth.

In addition to the entertainment and food vendors this year at the Eagle Flight Days, those looking for something a a little more strenuous can participate in the 18th Annual Run for the Future.

By participating in either the run, a 5K or 10K, on June 24, participants help the dreams of some local students take flight.

Run for the Future is the main fundraiser for the Western Eagle Valley Rotary. The Rotary in turn gives funds to youth programs and projects on the western end of the valley. The club also hands out scholarships each spring to deserving graduating downvalley high school students to continue their post-high school careers.

This year’s Run for the Future will start in downtown Eagle, loop through Eagle Ranch and wind to a finish at Fourth and Broadway. Participants can choose either the 5K or 10K course. There is even a 1K Fun Run for smaller children or those preferring a shorter course, which will start and finish in the downtown area.

Race categories include 13 and younger, 20-29, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older. The 5K Run and 5K Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. The 10K Run will start at 8:15 a.m., and the 1K Fun Run will start at approximately 9:15 a.m.

An awards ceremony will follow immediately afterward at 9:30 a.m., in front of Eagle Valley Dental at Fourth and Broadway. There will be awards for male/female finishers in first-, second- and third-place in each category; and for first-, second-, third-place overall. Participants in the 1K Fun Run will receive ribbons only, and all participants will receive commemorative T-shirts. Everyone will be eligible for a drawing for prizes, but you must be present to win.

On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m. on June 24, at Eagle Valley Dental, and is $25 on race day. Save on registration fees by registering early. Pre-register at Alpine Bank (Eagle and Gypsum locations) before June 22; or at race headquarters at Maximum Fitness in Eagle-Vail (949-6339) before June 23, and the registration cost is just $20. Mail-in forms are also available at the Avon Recreation Center and at Keller Williams Mountain Properties in Vail, Edwards and Eagle.

“This is a hometown race,” Barb Hogoboom, president of the Western Eagle Valley Rotary, said. “We are just trying to get the locals out there.”

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