Grand Lake Race for the Cure keeps pace with last year despite economic worries |

Grand Lake Race for the Cure keeps pace with last year despite economic worries

PHOto by Richard McReynolds

Men and women in proud pink raised an estimated $23,000 in Grand Lake’s version of the Race for the Cure last Sunday, with still more auction proceeds yet to be counted.

“We’re right in par with last year, and that’s pretty good for an economy in disaster mode,” said a Fourth Annual Walk For the Cure organizer Carolyn Jennings.

Registrations were up over last year, with 450 people joining “Team Grand Lake” compared to 396 in 2007. As many as 426 participants finished the race, including 21 survivors who were recognized.

Meanwhile, an estimated 62,000 participated in Denver’s race.

A fraction of the size, Grand Lake’s walk/run was still plump with pink passion. “It was an emotional day,” Jennings said.

The Spirit Team squad from Middle Park High School helped step up enthusiasm by cheering on racers.

After the race, a silent auction and a live auction took place at Pancho and Lefty’s.

The restaurant provided the space for the cause, plus a chili bar.

“A good time was had by all,” Jennings said, who added that the goal of having a race in Grand Lake is not to take anything away from Denver’s Susan G. Komen race, but to augment it.

“We keep it pretty low key over here,” she said. “I think we did just terrific. There was a lot of participation, everyone had a good time and you could just feel the spirit ” that’s good, that’s what we were looking for.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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