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Posted: April 26, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Gallop at the Grove Announces 2nd Annual 5K Run and 1K Fun Run on Sunday May 17, 2009

Golden, CO -- On Sunday morning, May 17, 2009 the Maple Grove Elementary School PTA will be holding its second annual 5K race event -- "Gallop at the Grove." Proceeds from the event benefit many important programs that Maple Grove Elementary School PTA funds for the students and school. Gallop at the Grove will be a morning of fun and fitness for individuals, students, and families throughout the community. The event mission is to encourage physical fitness and sportsmanship and foster a personal commitment to community. Emmy Award Winning Channel 4 Sportscaster Vic Lombardi will be on hand as the celebrity race announcer.

"Last year we exceeded our expectations with more than 400 participants and strong sponsorship." noted Naomi Gravelding, Race Co-Chair. "Our hope is that participating in a tradition like the Gallop at the Grove inspires children to make a life-long commitment to physical activity."

Last year's event was a huge success and received accolades from the local running community. "Among the best 1st year races I have ever seen," noted Amie Durden, Owner, Running Bears Timing Company. Organizers hope the race will not only serve as a great community building activity for the school and the neighborhood, but will also serve as an alternative event for runners looking for a fast, short course race being held the same day as the Colfax Marathon.

The 5K race course will start adjacent to the school and make its way through the beautiful Applewood neighborhood. There will also be a 1K fun run for kids, a drawing, and prizes. In addition to race day activities, there will also be a weekly running program that gives students and their families an opportunity to train for the event. Many of the race volunteers are students from local middle and high schools. The organizers of the race would also like to thank the Platinum and Gold Sponsors -- Applewood Heating, Plumbing and Electric, Northstar Business Systems, Mountainside Fitness, and Ainsworth Holding Companies.

About Maple Grove Elementary School PTA
The PTA at Maple Grove Elementary school is made up of parents, teachers and other volunteers who support a variety of programs and activities at the school. Maple Grove Elementary is a Jefferson County Public School acknowledged as a Blue Ribbon School, and a recipient of Colorado's John Irwin School of Excellence Award. Please see www.maplegrove-pta.org for more information.

The Gallop at the Grove will be held at Maple Grove Elementary School on Sunday, May 17 2009. To register visit www.gallopatthegrove.com.


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