2mi/10k Run • Walk
8:30 a.m. June 11th, 2005
Longmont High School
Welcome to the 20th running of the Sunrise Stampede. It’s hard to believe that all members of the original 1986 race committee still remain part of the race committee. Back then Peter had some hair and a mustache and my hair was brown instead of white. The idea for the Sunrise Stampede came out of a Sunrise Lions Club “brainstorming” session early one morning in 1985. The first Stampede was held June 8, 1986, with 304 finishers and was sponsored by Mountain Bell and the Sunrise Lions Club. Race manager Peter Richards and his better half, Alison, guided the motivated but naive race committee to get the race off and running. Those involved in packet stuffing the night before the race recall that we would have easily won a “bloopers” contest.
Longmont Police Lt. Jim Peterson (now retired), an avid
runner himself, designed the original 10K course. We raised $2,500.00 and
first check to the St. Vrain Valley School District for use in their
substance abuse and drug education program.
Longmont runner Jim Christoph and Olympic medal winner Rosa Mota were the first place 10K male and female winners in the first Stampede. Erie’s Dave Binkley and Longmont’s Stacey Crystal were top finishers in the 2 mile event.
The second year, The Daily Times-Call joined Mountain Bell and the Sunrise Lions Club in a partnership that continues today, 19 years later. Alison Richards became the artist for the signature Sunrise Stampede T-shirts and the registration forms. How many of you remember that classy, colorful yellow tshirt that was Alison’s first for us? I hope you enjoy this year’s design, again on a yellow t-shirt to commemorate the 20th Stampede.
In 1996, sponsors changed. 1st Bank joined the Times-Call and the Sunrise Lions Club as sponsors. In 1998, McDonald’s joined. Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness Center joined in 1999, and Mike O’Shays Restaurant joined our group of sponsors in 2000. Last year, we welcomed Longmont United Hospital as a sponsor and this year, we’re pleased to add Longmont Dairy as our newest sponsor.
Sponsors who have contributed to past Stampedes but who are no longer with us are Mountain Bell/US West - 10 years, Alpine Automotive & RV Repair - 6 years, Longmont Foods/Con Agra Foods - 4 years, Longmont Clinic, Pioneer Banks and American Medical Response - each 2 years.
Both courses changed in 1997 to improve safety for the participants.
How many of you recall crossing the intersection at Mountain View and Hover?
We’ve had Olympic champions, elite runners from many nations, championship walkers, plodders like me, walkers, and parents pushing strollers participate. The Stampede has contributed $124,000 in 19 years to the St. Vrain Valley School District for their substance abuse and drug education program.
Special recognition must go to the Charles family and McDonald’s for providing race day refreshments for the past 14 years and to Pridemark Paramedics for providing medical coverage since 1999. Prior to 1999, AMR and A-1 Professional Ambulance provided the coverage.
The race committee thanks all of the sponsors, the volunteers, the people who donate the raffle prizes, and the runners and walkers who make the Stampede special. We hope you enjoy participating in this year’s Stampede and that you will continue to help us keep the atmosphere of an enjoyable family event.
We return to the Olympic style finish on the track this year also to commemorate the 20th running. Thanks again for supporting the Stampede. Enjoy your day.
By Herold Schulz