ALAMOSA — Lace up your walking shoes, because the Stephanie L. Miner 5K Walk and Run will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Cole Park in Alamosa. One of the largest events held in the valley is now in its 16th year, so the theme for the walk this year is “Sweet Sixteen.”
Hundreds of runners and walkers will enjoy a scenic view as they wind their way past Cattails Golf Course, celebrating survivors, supporting those who are facing cancer and remembering those they have lost to the disease. Along with the 5K, there are also a one-mile and 2.5-mile course.
Stephanie Miner was a valued community member, public school teacher, wife and mother of four who lost her four-year-long battle with breast cancer. From 2004 to 2006, the funds raised during the walk by the SLV Health Foundation were used to finance the construction and opening of the Imaging Center. Since then, the funds raised from the event continue to stay local, and this year will go towards the 3-D Mammography Unit located in the Stephanie L. Miner’s Women’s Imaging Center at SLV Health in Alamosa.
“We are excited to continue to support the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imaging Center, and are always humbled at the number of people to come out every year to run and walk in this event and honor Stephanie and her family,” said Kelly Gurule,director of the SLV Health Foundation. “It is truly an honor for the Foundation to give the community this opportunity to support the services that the Stephanie l. Miner Women’s Imaging Center provide.”
There will be a “Support the Girls” shop at the park, operated by the staff that works in the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imaging Center, so runners and walkers can pick up all of their walk accessories. Announcements begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include the auctioning off of a quilt made by Bev Hettinger especially for the event. The race begins at 10 a.m. Water will be provided in Cole Park, courtesy of the Alamosa County Local Marketing District’s “Hydration Station.” Afterwards, participants can enjoy a free baked potato bar.
Registration begins on Sept. 11. Cost is $30 per person before Sept. 19, with teams of 10 or more just $25 per person. After Sept. 19, registration is $35 per person. You will have the ability to register the day of the event at Cole Park.
For more information or to register, please call Dawn Krebs, foundation administration assistant, at 719-587-6359 or Kelly S. Gurule, foundation director, at 719-587-5707.