Letter of thanks: Run for Independence
July 16, 2014
To the Editor:
In the category of "it takes a village," the 20th annual 4th of July weekend Run for Independence is a fun event presented by Rendezvous and orchestrated by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday, July 5, more than 600 runners, joggers, walkers, and stroller pushers left the starting gate at the Vintage at 9 a.m., through the Village at Winter Park, along the beautiful Fraser River Trail, through the Town of Winter Park to the finish line in the Rendezvous meadow, a five-mile competition for the fastest and a fun-run or stroll for the more casual entrant.
Thank you to Catherine, Tamara, Jeremy, Maria and the rest of the crew at the Chamber of Commerce for all they do to organize and make this event such fun and such a success. Thank you to the 21 community volunteers/special friends and counselors from Camp Chief Ouray at the YMCA who volunteered along the route to direct runners or hand out cups of water or cheer on the competitors. Thank you to Rendezvous, the title sponsor. Thank you to sponsors Vacations Incorporated, Beavers, Fraser River Valley Lions Club, Destinations West, Amaze'n Mazes, the Town of Fraser, and Grand County Colorado*USA. Thank you to Karen Vance for donating her art.
This has always been a fun event, but it hasn't always had the same name. In 1994, the first year for a running event in the Fraser Valley, it was called the Fraser River Trail Five Mile Run. Initiated by the chamber's Catherine Ross, it celebrated the opening of the brand new Fraser River Trail. In 1995, it became the Run for Independence and proceeds from the event first funded scholarships for children with kidney disease to attend summer camp at Camp Chief Ouray at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies.
We celebrate not only the nation's independence, but also promote independence for children on dialysis or post kidney transplant. We look forward to the 21st annual Run for Independence.
Kent and Jancie Hughes