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Run For Rio

5K Run and Walk
Held on June 4, 2011 in Rye, Colorado

Runners

     1  Chester Haddan                           44     22:45      Pueblo
     2  David Baker                              53     23:12      Pueblo
     3  Robert Konieski                          33     23:47      Winter Park
     4  Ryan Hurtado                             34     25:25      Colo. Springs
     5  Glenn Bakken                             60     26:59      Granby
     6  Kaven Rhule                              27     27:18      Pueblo
     7  Jason Golly                              31     28:00
     8  Kelly Hale                1ST Female     43     28:27      Rye
     9  Rick Acosta                              59     32:30      Pueblo
    10  Heidi Garner              F              33     33:23
    11  Joshua Sturtevant         1st Youth      9      34:48      Wetmore
    12  Riki Acosta               F              36     34:38      Pueblo
    13  Prairie Golly             F              28     37:29
    14  Joanna Sturtevant         F              35     40:49      Wetmore

Walkers

     1  Paulette Arns             1st Female     58     38:04      Pueblo West
     2  Jenny Franchi             F              31     52:24
     2  Aaron Franchi                            30     52:24
     3  Brittney Slade            F              17     58:32      Rye
     3  Dalton Jordan                            17     58:32      Rye
     4  Peggy Jordan              F              48     58:55      Rye
     5  John Hurtado                             47     59:51      Trinidad
     6  Jan Mullins               F              65     1:01:37    Trinidad
     7  Angela Anderson           F              63     1:02:04    Trinidad
     7  Kim Harman                F              44     1:02:04    Trinidad
    11  Dave Karnell                             61     1:05:31
    12  Lee Marriott                             66     1:07:25    Trinidad
    13  Mike Martinez                            62     1:08:50    Woodland Park

Article by Jeff Arnold

Rio Martinez apparently had a good heart. When he was shot in the head in the late summer before his senior year at Rye High School was to begin, his heart kept beating. After his mother flew up from Texas to say good bye to him, Rio’s heart was transplanted into the waiting body of Dave Karnell.

Almost fourteen years later, Dave walked the 13th annual Run for Rio, a 5K commemorating Rio’s life, encouraging registration for organ donation, and raising scholarship money for a Rye High School senior. Dave had done this twice before. This time two of Rio’s schoolmates took the opportunity to listen to the heart that has been powering Dave since August of 1997 and Rio for all his time on earth. Neither Jason Golly or Heidi Garner could hold back the tears. Nor could Nancy Martinez, Rio’s mother.

Aaron Franchi, son of the illustrious G-Man, was the only Rio scholarship winner at the race. Aaron brought his wife Jenny and two small children who hitched rides in strollers. Aaron expressed interest in getting more Rye students involved in the run and walk next year.

Volunteers

Race director: Nancy Martinez
Course and results : Jeff Arnold
Timer: Darryl Clark

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