Elizabeth Cardinal Club run is a scorcher

Caden Farnsworth, 16, takes first place in 5k on hot Independence Day

The Elizabeth Cardinal Club held its fourth annual 5k run on July 4, bringing in 35 racers from around the community to compete for prizes and bragging rights. The racers ranged in age from small children to seniors. Some participants ran while others walked. Several families registered together and completed the race in groups.
The race weaved throughout Evans Park and Casey Jones Park, culminating in a Fourth of July celebration and pancake breakfast. Members of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided the breakfast.
The winner of the race was 16-year-old Caden Farnsworth, upcoming junior at Elizabeth High School. Farnsworth plays varsity soccer for the school and is currently ranked #198 in the state of Colorado. When asked what keeps him motivated while running a race, he says it is self-improvement and wanting to be a better soccer player.
“I really want to continue improving myself and be a better athlete,” Farnsworth said. “When I’m running, I think a lot about soccer and beating our competitors.” Farnsworth finished the 5k in 24 minutes and 28 seconds.
The goal of the event was to help raise funds to support local student athletes. The Elizabeth Cardinal Club is a nonprofit organization focused on raising money to support scholarship opportunities for student athletes continuing their education beyond high school. The club also provides funds to sports teams that need help funding equipment.
Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, the Elizabeth Cardinal Club provided 11 seniors with scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 based on academics, athletic involvement and community service. This year’s Fourth of July 5k event raised $850 for the club.
“We are so grateful to everyone who came out to support the Elizabeth Cardinal Club,” said Sherry Settle, the club’s secretary. “All the funds go toward funding student athletes. It’s really great.”
It was a warm summer day, leaving a lot of runners hot and dehydrated. Though the morning started off cool, it soon became unbearably hot. First-place runner Farnsworth commented at the finish line that he’d thrown up along the course and that the heat was extreme. Second-place runner Elijah Bolger, 16, also commented on the extreme heat as he finished. “I puked like five times. I’ve never thrown up at a race before.”
Prior to COVID-19, the Elizabeth Cardinal Club held the 5k event on Super Bowl Sunday. However, due to issues with inclement weather and icy trail conditions, the event was moved to the Fourth of July. “In the two years we’ve held it on July Fourth, we have had a good turnout,” said Elizabeth Cardinal Club president Jamie Lindsay. “I think the participants found running the course to be challenging and fun.”
The race was sponsored by several local businesses and organizations, six of which helped to fund the volunteer and runner T-shirts. The sponsors included Creekside Animal Hospital, Gymnastics ETC, Movement Mortgage, Elbert County Pools and Spas, Home Service Pros LLC and DND Welding. Both Catalina’s Diner and Dairy Queen donated prizes for the racers.
To contact the Elizabeth Cardinal Club, send an email to elizabethhscardinalclub@gmail.com.
Elizabeth Cardinals, Colorado, Elbert County, 5k


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