Another Virtual 5K in Boulder As Spring Emerges in Full Bloom


This post is by Valet from Feld Thoughts


I received a lot of positive feedback on my post highlighting the 2nd annual Emerge Virtual 5k Run so …

It’s time for the 10th Annual Happy Smackah 5k Fun Run and Walk.  

This would have been the 11th Annual, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we canceled the May 2020 event. But, it’s back, this time as a Virtual 5k in 2021. You can run it anytime between May 8th and June 8th. Register online!

Amy and I have been long-time supporters of Happy Smackah – a unique “focused giving” event in our community with a unique origin story.  

Happy Smackah originated as a fundraiser for Dan Cribby, a Longmont educator who initially was diagnosed with strep, woke up days later to shoulder pain, and went to the hospital. He was becoming septic and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis (“flesh-eating disorder”). He was air-lifted to Denver, where, to save his life, they amputated his shoulder, clavicle, and left arm, commonly known as a forequarter amputation. He was kept in a coma and required many surgeries to debride and skin graft his entire torso. 

The community came together to support Dan through his ordeal. While he was enduring his surgeries and treatment, his wide social circle of students, teachers, and parents organized a 5k.  Nearly 700 showed up that day for Dan, and Dan was there too, miraculously, fresh out of the hospital.

The event has continued over the past decade to pay it forward from the Cribby’s. (Read more...)