Rio Frio 5K draws large fun run group
The 2022 Rio Frio 5K race was held Saturday, Jan. 29, along the banks of the Rio Grande. Event organizer John Reesor said 187 runners representing five states participated in the run/walk. Garrett Gardner and Logan Hjelmstad paced the runners over the course.
The Rio Grande itself was not frozen solid enough for runners to use as a course. Instead, runners did a loop on the Blanca Vista Park pond after starting with a loop around Cole Park and onto the river banks to Blanca Vista. The race ended back at Cole Park.
The 5K was part of the annual Rio Frio Ice Fest hosted in Alamosa. See our photo gallery from the weekend:
RIO FRIO 5K RUN | TOP FINISHERS
Gardner Garrett, 18:08
Logan Hjelmstad, 18:21
Gabriel Miranda, 20:45
Molly McClean, 22:45
Carmille Dudeck, 22:50
Zoey Hoffman, 25:26
OVERALL TOP FINISHERS BY AGE GROUP
MALE AGE GROUP: 1 – 13
MADS KREUTZER, 13, MONTE VISTA, 24:30
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 1 – 13
VANESSA VILLALVA, 13, ALAMOSA, 25:30
MALE AGE GROUP: 14 – 18
MARIO VILLALBA ,16, ALAMOSA, 20:55
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 14 – 18
ANJALI FRIEDMAN, 18, PEARLAND, TX, 29:10
MALE AGE GROUP: 19 – 29
LOGAN HJELMSTAD, 26, ALAMOSA, 18:21
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 19 – 29
CARMILLE DUDECK, 28, DEL NORTE, 22:50
MALE AGE GROUP: 30 – 39
GABRIEL MIRANDA, 36, MONTE VISTA, 20:45
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 30 – 39
GRETCHEN CHAMBERLAIN, 31, SALIDA, 28:46
MALE AGE GROUP: 40 – 49
NICHOLAS HOW, 42, ALAMOSA, 23:55
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 40 – 49
LORI VILLALBA, 41, ALAMOSA, 27:31
MALE AGE GROUP: 50 – 59
ERICH SCHWIESOW, 58, ALAMOSA, 29:44
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 50 – 59
REBECCA MEDINA, 51, PUEBLO, 31:56
MALE AGE GROUP: 60 – 98
GARY SENULA, 64, ALAMOSA, 29:29
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 60 – 98
CONNIE GONZALES, 67, MONTE VISTA, 41:55
Douglas County turns its focus
on San Luis Valley impacts
Douglas County commissioners will turn their focus to impacts on the San Luis Valley in their weekly Monday deliberations on whether to invest in the Renewable Water Resources exportation proposal. The three county commissioners are split on the RWR plan, with Commissioner Lora Thomas voicing strong opposition to the RWR plan and Commissioner George Teal and Commissioner Abe Laydon open to exporting water from the San Luis Valley to Douglas County.
The split between Thomas, Teal and Laydon has been common when Douglas County commissioners deliberate and vote on agenda action items. Thomas is often on one side of the vote, while Teal and Laydon are on the other side. All three commissioners are Republicans.
The acrimony between the three has shown up in their weekly workshops on the RWR proposal. Teal and Thomas engaged in a testy exchange at last week’s workshop when Thomas pressed questions on how Douglas County will pay for the multi-billion dollar exportation plan. Teal is insistent ratepayers in Douglas County communities will ultimately pay the cost through their water rates.
Over the next two weeks, the three commissioners will hear from San Luis Valley representatives on the challenges facing the Rio Grande Basin, the Valley’s severe drought conditions going on two decades, and the impact to an ag region that undergoes “buy and dry” policies.
RWR will counter with information on how it proposes to pay local farm operators to retire water wells and its plans to establish a Valley-wide community fund. Teal and Laydon have been supportive of both strategies in the RWR plan.
The meetings start at 2 p.m. each Monday and are open to the public through the links below. Douglas County commissioners are organizing a town hall in the San Luis Valley for mid-March, according to Laydon.
2:00 p.m. – RWR Proposal Due Diligence Meeting #3 (In Office and Remote)
Click here to join the meeting or call in (audio only) 720-739-2066 and enter Phone Conference ID: 811 785 40#
Alamosa offers 2022 event
If you are hosting an event in the City of Alamosa that will be held July through December of 2022, you can apply for the City’s Sponsorship Program. Knowing the ever-changing guidelines surrounding COVID-19, the City realizes that events are challenging to plan and that adjustments might be needed as the status with COVID changes. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
Find a copy of the application HERE, or contact Jasmine Husmann at 719-587-2024 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Si está organizando un evento en la ciudad de Alamosa que se llevará a cabo de julio a diciembre de 2022, ¡puede solicitar el Programa de Patrocinio de la Ciudad. Al conocer las pautas en constante cambio que rodean a COVID-19, la Ciudad se da cuenta de que los eventos son difíciles de planificar y que podrían ser necesarios ajustes a medida que cambia el estado con COVID.
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