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Colorado Park Hosts 12-Step Event for 24th Year

July 29, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The welcome sign at Aspen Trails Campground, Cedaredge, Colo.

The International Serenity Run (IRS), now in its 26th year, is returning to Cedaredge, Colo., with activities set for Aug. 4-7. Aspen Trails Campground, located north of the town of Cedaredge on Hwy. 65, will again serve as headquarters for the event, The Delta County Independent reported.

According to new owners Steve and Nancy Valenzuela, this is the 24th year that Aspen Trails Campground, located in the western part of the state, has served as the headquarters. The Valenzuelas bought the campground in March.

Riders will roll into town for registration on Aug. 4. The First Assembly of God Church in Cedaredge will again host a dinner for the riders on Thursday night, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6, the VFW will host their famous “All-U-Can-Eat” pancake breakfast at the Cedaredge Community Center, from 7-10 a.m. The price is $6 per adult; $2 for ages 6-12; and children under 6 are free.

A poker run will take place on Aug. 5, starting at Aspen Trails, with the first bike taking off at 10 a.m. with the last bike out at 11 a.m. There will also be a dance on Friday night from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Community Center.

Saturday morning begins with an open meeting with the riders at Aspen Trails (includes registration for participation in the “Crazy Hat” parade. Parade watchers are invited to show their support by wearing their favorite hat as well. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., and pretty much follows the same route as last year, except the parade will end back at Aspen Trails Campground and not at the Surface Creek Arena.

According to Valenzuela, the parade route begins at the Aspen Trails Campground, south down Highway 65 to NW Cedar Ave., west to NW 5th St., south down NW 5th St. to W Main St., east on W. Main St. to Highway 65, south along the business corridor and then back north up Highway 65, ending back at Aspen Trails.

Bike games (including a how-slow-can-you-go race, the front-tire-push barrel roll, and several games that include the participation of a brave and fearless passenger), are scheduled to take place on Aug. 6 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., at the Aspen Trails field. There will also be a kid’s track and field day for children under the age of 12..

The run comes to an end on Aug. 7 with an open meeting at Aspen Trails, starting at 8:00 a.m, with farewells and cleanup starting at 9 a.m.

The ISR Newsletter states the purpose of the run is to, ” … further the Principles, Ideals and Traditions of 12-step recovery program amongst clean and sober motorcycle riders by providing a place where all clean and sober riders could gather annually in Friendship and in the Spirit of Fellowship to share their new lives in Recovery,”

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