Run for Rio
5K Run and 5K Walk
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Results and story provided by Jeff Arnold
There was a tiny turnout for the 2006 version of the Run for Rio. Rio Martinez was about to begin his senior year at Rye High School when he was accidentally shot to death August 1, 1997 at his home near Bigelow Divide in Custer County. Rio had often expressed a desire to run the 19 miles to Rye. The summer after his death his dad Jim decided to do the run in Rios name. He was joined, at least for part of the run by some of Rios classmates, friends and family.
One of Rios uncles, Bill Bright, donated $5000 for a series of $1000 scholarships for Rye High seniors. In 1999 the first of the shorter races held to supplement Bills donation. It was a 4.2 mile race which started and finished at Rye Mountain Park. There were 40 finishers. Bill Bright died unexpectedly that summer.
In 2000 the race was moved to the high school and has been held there ever since with as many as 65 finishers, and as few, prior to this year, of 43. Somehow there has always been at least one scholarship awarded each year, including to this years walk winner Sarah Manuel. Sara will be attending CSU in Fort Collins where she plans to compete as a multi-event track and field athlete.
Rich Hadley, a Rye High graduate whose grandmother used to live along the course, won with another of his consistent performances, Two of the athletes he coached at Florence High School, Aaron Roman and Ashlee Withrow took the next two places. People came from all over, but only one, Mark Koch, was from Pueblo. Curtis Sloan came from near Crown Point on the Navaho reservation in Arizona, but since he was late for the start, decided not to walk. He was obviously not the only one to make that decision.
Timing: Pat Berndt;
Tags: Deb Hadley;
Course and Results: Jeff Arnold
Place Name Age City Time 1 Rich Hadley 50 Florence 19:42 2 Aaron Roman 18 Florence 20:21 3 Ashlee Withrow 19 Florence 22:32 4 Aaron Berndt 17 Rye 22:33 5 Mark Koch 47 Pueblo 27:44 6 Dalton Jordan 12 Colo. City 29:25 7 John Gunn 49 Weston 29:35 8 Cassy Berndt 14 Rye 32:15 9 Orlando Coca 56 Trinidad 38:05 10 Chuck Mason 41 Trinidad 39:00 11 Peggy Jordan 43 Colo. City 44:00
1 Sarah Manuel 18 Rye 50:04 2 Tammy Muhic 46 Rye 52:17 3 Ron Nelson 47 Colo. Springs 52:18 4 Cece Martinez 56 Woodland Park 61:02 5 Mike Martinez 57 Woodland Park 61:15