As the race director for the Rim to Rim Royal Gorge Races, I will always be humbled by the fact that we are granted access to host our race event at the famed Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Cañon City, CO. The foothills surrounding the park are some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. l grew up in Colorado and have made my way along many trails throughout the state, and I am proud to call Cañon City my home.

The Rim to Rim is much more than a race; it is also Starpoint's biggest fundraiser. Starpoint is a local nonprofit that serve the communities in Fremont, Chaffee, and Custer counties by supporting families, adults with disabilities and senior citizens in Saguache and Alamosa, as well to live as independently as possible. Our mission is to enrich lives and realize dreams in those with cognitive and physical disabilities.

As a runner myself and being in this line of work, I have had the opportunity to come to know charitable groups, such as Ainsley's Angels and The Jeffery Lockwood Foundation, whose missions are to assist individuals with disabilities in endurance events. They do so by pairing runners/hikers with individuals who need assistance via the use of a running chariot or hiking chair. Connecting with such organizations has added extra value to our race. We love that we have a great turnout from these groups on race day. They are filled with inspired individuals who show up at our start line and remind us that this is much more than a race. Seeing paired riders and pushers along the course reminds us your race registration will make a difference for the many individuals that Starpoint serves.

So, yes, this race offers the experience of taking in some of the most GORGEous views and the unique experience of running over America's highest suspension bridge, but it is so much more. Pairing the meaning of the race together with such a venue has proven to be an epic experience for our race committee, volunteers, and registered runners. We hope you will join us this year and help us celebrate our 12th year of the Rim to Rim Royal Gorge Races. There is an event for everyone, including your furry companions and kids. On Saturday, Oct. 1, we will host our 5K, 10K, inaugural trail run (8 miles), and free kids' race. On Sunday, Oct. 2, we will host our half marathon. Please note that our half marathon is a challenging course with some big hills.

We are partnering with the Beulah Challenge again this year to host the Over It half marathon series. We hope this will be the start of a Southern Colorado series that will add other half marathons in our region each year. Why not? It is always great to join forces with other races and support one another. Registration for the half marathon series will be through the Beulah Challenge @ www.beulahchallenge.com

You can find out more information for the Rim to Rim Royal Gorge Races @ www.rimtorimroyalgorgeraces.com or find us on Facebook @ Rim to Rim Royal Gorge Run. You can learn more about Starpoint @www.starpointco.com

You can also reach out to me directly myang@starpointco.com. I am always happy to answer any questions.

Run for a reason this fall season!