The Spirit of The Valley Race
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Saturday, the 2nd Annual Spirit of The Valley 5k Run, Walk and Roll was held at St. Mathew's Church.
Organizers say the race brings together able-bodied and disabled athletes.
The Spirit of The Valley 5k run helps benefit missionaries from western Colorado and the Colorado Discover Ability organization that provide recreational opportunities for disabled people.
"We're trying to build it into sort of a community building event. You know, so people come together. Maybe across the lines, they don't usually meet each other," said Race Director Chris Rogers.
"It was also good today to see some of the disabled runners and athletes participating, because a lot of times they get left out. So, that made us feel good to participate in an event that includes everyone,” said, Wes and MaryAnne Roger, runners.
All athletes raced to live music and received free food after the race.
They had awards for both able and disabled bodied first place finishers.
The race director says more than 175 athletes participated and they plan on doing this event again next year.