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Congratulations JULIE BERLAND – our 2022 Carolyn Engelken award recipient! Generously provided by Brooks Running Company.

This year’s award winner is a long time club member who is always warm and welcoming to others no matter their age or ability.  I can attest to this as she has encouraged me this year to do track again and to participate in the High Line Canal Challenge.


One quote about her is, “Anyone who will crew and pace you through the night in a 100-mile mountain ultra is a very selfless person not to mention a highly experienced and confident runner.”


She has been an integral part of the Columbines over the years including:


Being involved in the track program from the early days at Summit Ridge Middle School with Coach Glenn through today at Goddard Middle School with Coach Megan


Hosting many fun runs,

Volunteering at the Platte River Half Marathon including organizing one of the water stations this last year,

Serving on the Columbine board as Vice President, President, and Track Coordinator for many years.


A funny story is that her husband told her she couldn’t be President because she was too busy raising their boys and working but her can do attitude went ahead and agreed to be president anyways!  Her husband didn’t find out until a few months later so I guess he was wrong about her doing the job.


Besides being a role model in the club she is a role model in her job by supporting families in the foster care system.


Boulder Bolder every year for 28 years and also was a

regular at the Cherry Creek Sneak for many years.


A couple other fun facts are that she has ridden her bicycle across the US twice and has run a naked mile.


There is more that could be said but instead I would like to give you one final quote received about her,


“We are so lucky to have her as part of our group and I, for one, enjoy my running (and life) more because of her. It gives me great pleasure to present the 2022 Carolyn Engelken Live the Way You Run Award to Julie Berland" - KIM ZAHN, 2019 RECIPIENT

Past Recipients:

1981 – Lynn Kripakov
1982 – Val Ranum
1983 – Dee Reef
1984 – Lorraine Pennington
1985 – Liz Hoskins
1986 – Elke Abitbol
1987 – Sharon KluteOu
1988 – Rachella Seeley
1989 – Ada Yamamoto
1990 – Carol Jansen
1991 – Carolyn Engelken
1992 – Decker Weil
1993 – Lisa Paige
1995 – Margaret Halsey
1996 – Laurie Nakauchi-Hawn
1997 – Terry Sommer
1998 – Ellen Kennard
1999 – Chris Ames

2000 – Tiffany Will

2001 – Beth Tennant
2002 – Terry McFarlane
2003 – Carla St. Romain
2004 – Martha Fulford & Lynn Vaseleski
2005 – Marguerite Slavik
2006 – Cathy Rosset
2007 – Jane Potter
2008 – Katie Fox
2009 – Tookie Scherder
2010 – Marily Lane
2011 – Carol Clark
2012 – Gayle Zorilla
2013 – Melissa Hoskins
2014 – Suzanne Buntrock
2015- Eva Hart
2016 – Tina Akin
2017 – Melissa (Mel) Bell
2018 – Kathy Oglesby
2019 - Kim Zahn


Congratulations JOANNE STRATTON – our 2020 Running Spirit award recipient!


The Columbine’s Running Club will be awarding the Running Spirit Award to a deserving member annually. The award will honor someone from the club who meets the following criteria:

  • Someone new to running or someone who has made a transition back into running

  • Someone who has demonstrated exceptional effort to become a runner

  • Someone who has seized the power of running to make a difference in her life and take control of her fitness future

  • Someone whose story inspires women who want to become runners and motivates others who enjoy all the benefits of the sport

Joanne started running with a group of friends in her 30s or 40s. She would do local races in Indiana. After a bad fall, she switched from running to walking and has been consistent in her walking over the years. What has been impressive with Joanne is the speed that she walks.


A few years ago, Joanne had foot surgery and then went to Moab that spring for a 5K and placed in her age group. Her doctor put her race picture on his wall of success, which was also filled, with pictures of Bronco players and other professional athletes.

Joanne is notorious for scouting races to see the age categories. She will not participate in races where the last category is just 60+.
In November 2019, Joanne turned 80, so she decided to do the Santa Stampede in December. She won the 80-year-old category.

She has also been a faithful volunteer at the Columbine water station during the Platte River Half Marathon and she has previously coached Girls on the Run in Grand Junction.

Joanne has been an inspiration to Columbine members with her consistency and dedication to the sport.
We all hope we are able to be as active as she is when we are her age.

Prior Honorees:

2019 – Nisha Nelson
2018 – Paige Morris
2017 – Heather Smiles
2016 – Karen Csaba
2015 – Denise Glassman
2014 – Jenae Moore
2013 – Jan McBee

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