NORWOOD – Runners, walkers, cyclists and revelers are invited to partake in the fourth annual Wright Stuff Challenge, Saturday, June 30, a major fundraiser for Prime Time Early Learning Center. Along with the usual 5k/10k for walkers and runners on the county roads south of Norwood, this year the Wright Stuff Community Foundation has added another challenge: The Oak Hill Climb – an 8.5-mile bicycle race up Oak Hill on Norwood’s Lone Cone Road. After the races, participants can join in on Norwood’s Star Spangled Saturday, beginning with a parade on main street at 11 a.m. and ending with live music by Durango’s Lawn Chair Kings and fireworks (fire-conditions permitting) at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds that night.
The Wright Stuff Challenge 5k/10k is an out-and-back race, 3.2 or 6.4 miles over gently rolling pavement, starting and ending at the “Pig Palace” at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds. Participants can run or walk, and parents with young kids and strollers are welcome to partake (no dogs, however). Organized groups are encouraged to dress up in costume and compete for the best team spirit award.
“It’s not a competitive event. I don’t want people to think they have to be a runner to participate. Kids with trikes, parents with strollers, friends in capes and tiaras – they’re all welcome,” says Wright Stuff Executive Director Andrya Brantingham.
Adding the Oak Hill Climb bike race was Norwood resident and cycling enthusiast Tony Daranyi’s suggestion. “He thought it would be a great way to strengthen our fundraiser and it would be a great training ride for cyclists from around the region,” said Brantingham. The Oak Hill Challenge will have an untimed, or neutral start, from the Pig Palace, traveling east to Jack’s Hitchin’ Post, where the clock begins. Cyclists will ride their mountain or road bikes east down Hwy. 145 to the Lone Cone Road, where they will turn south and make their way 8.2 miles and 1,525 feet up Oak Hill, where the race ends. (The race elevation climbs from 6,986 feet and 8,511 feet. For a profile of the race and a road map, go to wrightstufffoundation.org)
Wright Stuff Challenge race-day registration takes place at 7:30 a.m. sharp or advanced reservations (recommended) are available online at active.com or wrightstufffoundation.com. The bike race starts at 8:15 a.m. and the walk/run starts at 8:30 a.m. Entry fees are $35 per person for either race; teams of four or more people may register for the 5k/10k as a group for $25 per person. Prizes will be awarded for both events and all race participants will receive two tickets for door prizes, which will be drawn during the Lawn Chair Kings performance at the fairgrounds, between 6 and 8 p.m. Extra tickets may be purchased for $2 apiece or $5 for three. Prizes include overnight stays at condos in Telluride, a Peak Fitness membership, Ouray Hot Springs Pool punch passes, Happy Belly Deli gift certificates, Looney Bean gift cards, Ruth’s Toffee, fitness training with Melissa Curry, Norwood Farm & Craft Market gift certificates, and a bike tune from Lone Cone Sports.
The annual Wright Stuff Challenge is the foundation’s major annual fundraiser, with proceeds going directly toward programs that serve youth living in Norwood, Nucla, Naturita, Redvale and surrounding communities. A demonstration site for Pyramid Plus, The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion, Prime Time offers a high quality learning experience from qualified instructors who receive coaching from certified coaches. Before- and after-school care is also available for school-age kids, kindergarten through age 12, as well as the Explore! summer program, providing day camps that focus on outdoor activities, art, theatre, and more.
“The majority of the fundraising that we get out of this event goes to the food program for Prime Time kids, which we provide throughout the year,” says Brantingham. “We’re able to provide wholesome, nutritious, fresh foods as long as funding is available.”
This year’s Wright Stuff Challenge sponsors are Alpine Bank, Telluride Alpine Lodging, Grand Avenue Auto Parts, The Coach’s Mother, Uncompahgre Medical Center, Tomboy Soap Company, Clark’s Market, Road ID, City of Ouray Hot Springs Pool, Peak Fitness & Physical Therapy, Energy Fuels, Gurley Land & Cattle Company, Davis Watson Appraisal Services, Ruth’s Toffee, and Lone Cone Sports.
For more information on the Wright Stuff Challenge, call 970/327-0555 ext. 11 or visit wrightstufffoundation.org. Information on Norwood’s Star Spangled Saturdays is available by calling 970/327-4288.