Giddyup is gone so it's time to gallop!

Column by John Akal
Posted 9/16/19

Last week I wrote about the Golden Giddyup mountain bike race. Just to confuse everyone, this week my column is about the Golden Gallup 5 and 10K running race. This one might be a little bit more …

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Giddyup is gone so it's time to gallop!


Last week I wrote about the Golden Giddyup mountain bike race. Just to confuse everyone, this week my column is about the Golden Gallup 5 and 10K running race. This one might be a little bit more familiar to folks around here since this is the race's 14th year and organizers went around the neighborhoods near the race course and dropped off little notes letting the residents know it’s going to happen and what streets are going to be closed. I guess that’s so you don’t get stuck waiting for several hundred people to pass by while you are late for church or something.

Yes, the Golden Gallop is the biggest race of the year here in Golden and there could be well over a thousand people participating this year. As of this writing, a week before the event, there are already 566 entrants signed up. It’s happening on Sunday, Sept. 22 with the start and finish under the Golden Welcome Arch on Washington Ave. with race activities and registration in Parfet Park at the corner of 10th St. and Washington Ave.. They even have their own version of the Golden slogan on the Arch. Howdy folks, welcome to Golden where the West RUNS!

So what is the Gallop? It’s a fundraising marathon type running race to raise money for the Golden Schools Foundation (GSF) to use for various types of educational funding. This can include Enrichment Grants, Teaching Excellence and Teacher Recognition Awards, Summer Academic Intervention Camps and College Scholarships. The GSF is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and they raise money for Kyffin, Mitchell, Shelton, Ralston and Welchester Elementary Schools, Bell Middle School as well as Golden High School.

Participants in the run can choose either the 5k or 10k course that they want to run and they offer a $150 first prize, $100 second prize and $50 third prize for each category for both men and women, so they are awarding 12 cash prizes. In addition to that they have a $100 bonus prize for anyone setting a new course record. But, you don’t have to actually run hard to participate. You can walk the course or jog along, and jogging strollers are permitted too. It’s not the Olympics, so just have fun.

Now, for those of you with families, this run isn’t just limited to adults. They also have a fun run for kids ages 2 to 10 and they divide them up into age groups. This is a non competitive run where the idea is to finish so there are no winner’s prizes but each kid gets a Fun Run Bib, Participants Medal and Kid’s Fun Run T-Shirt.

I looked at all 57 pages of those who have already registered and the youngest so far is 3 years old and there are both a man and a woman who are 78 years old on the roster. That’s quite an age spread.

You still have time to register on line and save a few bucks if you do it by Saturday, September 21. Pre-registration runs $40 for the 5k, $45 for the 10k and $15 for the Kid’s Fun Run. Tack on $5 in each category if you register on race day.

Be aware, this event has a pretty early start time. The 10k heads out at 7:45 a.m., the 5k at 8 a.m. and the Kid’s Run kicks off once everyone else has finished, at 10 a.m.. So, if you want to register on race day, you better get there early enough. Keep in mind that with all those participants, you might have to park a little ways away.

The race routes are posted on their website, but it pretty much runs loops around Downtown, Fossil Trace Golf Course and S. Golden Rd.. There’s also a parking map, all the race info and a link for registration on the website. You can even see the multitude of sponsors for this event. They raised about $40,000 last year and hope to top that this year. Just go to

Are you ready to for a great day of family fun? Are your running shoes broken in? Did you pack your water bottle and a towel? Don’t forget to stretch before you start and most importantly, try not to scream and yell when you run by my house. I don’t get up until noon on Sundays.


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