Farmer's Moon 5K, 1-mile walk to benefit Vail Valley Foundation's Sowing Seeds program

By Real Vail
July 11, 2011
The Vail Valley's children will literally and figuratively reap the fruits of your labor July 15 as runners and walkers converge on Eagle Ranch for the Farmer's Moon 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Vail Valley Foundation's Sowing Seeds program, which teaches children about how foods grow, as well as the accompanying nutritional message of eating healthy.

Scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, the Farmer's Moon Run and Walk will start at the Dusty Boot in Eagle before winding it's way along the recreation path along Brush Creek. The finish will be in Eagle Town Park at the Eagle Farmer's Market.

“This will be a great opportunity for people to come and have a great time, while also supporting our children,” explained Jean McSpadden, Director of Education for the Vail Valley Foundation. “You can truly race so that others may blossom.”

Pre-race registration for both Run and Walk is $20 at the Eagle Ranch Fitness Club. Onsite registration the day of the event is priced at $25.Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers at the post party and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Participants are encouraged to either park at Eagle Town Park and take a warm-up run to the Dusty Boot for the start or at the Eagle Ranch Fitness Club. A limited shuttle service will be provided following the race to transport competitors from the park back to the Fitness Club.

Created in conjunction with Chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken, the Sowing Seeds program has been integrated into Brush Creek Elementary School and Edwards Elementary School. The program not only connects children to their environment, but also fosters an understanding of the origin of food and teaches responsibility through stimulating hands-on activities.

The vegetables grown in the Sowing Seeds greenhouse and gardens have already been integrated into both schools' cafeterias and students are saving their lunch scraps to add to the composting stations. In addition, the Sowing Seeds students are frequent visitors to the Eagle Farmer's Market, selling their produce to the public.

For additional information on the Farmer's Moon 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk, contact the Eagle Ranch Fitness Club at 328-5770. For more information on the Sowing Seeds program or other Vail Valley Foundation education initiatives, visit

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