Alamosa High School graduates and current AHS teachers Sarah Ramirez and Consuelo Reyes, who were instrumental in planning the first annual Run for Reedo, took part in the race. (Courtesy photo by Clint Middlemist)
ALAMOSA— Despite Saturday morning’s blustery cold, 50 runners/walkers took part in the first annual Run for Reedo 5k Run/3k Walk. Sponsored by the Alamosa Alumni Association, the event raised funds for the Jerry Reed memorial bench and will help fund scholarships for Alamosa High School students.
The Alamosa Alumni Association was founded by the late Alamosa educator Jerry Reed; the association’s primary mission is to fund scholarships for AHS students.
Mike Henderson finished the 5k race in a time of 24:50 and was the male winner, while Camille Ruggles was the first female with a time of 25:34. In the 3k race, fifth grader Olivia Imre finished first in 19:26 and Gavin Davis finished as the first male, 29:09.
Following the race, the Alamosa Alumni Association dedicated the Jerry Reed memorial bench outside the AHS stadium in the brick area, where Reed visualized and worked toward an impressive courtyard to welcome guests to the stadium.
Association Chair Sophia Avila welcomed those in attendance by quoting the words engraved on the bench,
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and focus on what could go right. People ask why I post certain things… usually you get to see the pep talks I give myself. I worry too much… I am an introvert in a public arena… I ampassionate about learning, education, democracy, equity, justice, civil liberties, listening, conversing, collaboration,
community, belonging... and much more. My quest has led me to settle on ‘love’ as my goal and my solution. If I love you, I will not kill you, steal from you, covet from you (10 Commandments OR use words to harm and destroy). The Golden Rule is my map… peace one moment at a time is my destination… I have gotten lost, flubbed up more than a time or two, and get discouraged and listen to the darker whispers in my mind… but I fight every day to do better today than yesterday… and you my friends are my sunshine on rainy days.”
The quote was taken from one of Reed’s last Facebook posts before his passing last April. His social media presence was a light to many who enjoyed his postings of inspirational words and quirky puns.
Reed’s sister Annie and brother Kenny were in attendance, as were other family members, including Jerry’s 6-month old nephew Jack.
The association was thankful to have the assistance of many local businesses, school clubs and community members: Ef’s Restaurant, Starbucks, Body Tune Up, Colorado Sports, Valley Courier, Wet Paintbrush, Alamosa High School, AJ Signs & Designs, City of Alamosa, Alamosa School District, Mean Moose Publications, AHS girls soccer team, AHS Student Council, Ms. Reyes’ algebra II class, Square Peg Brewerks, the Sanchez Family, Eric Gile, Jed Smith and many others.
The association plans to make the Run for Reedo an annual event in memory of Jerry and his mission to spread love and support education.