Raindrops on noses and snot-stains on mittens; bright neon ponchos and leggings—good riddance! Soaking wet sneakers and 5ks in Spring… these are a few of our favorite things!

5k Running

Let It Shine 5k Team. From left to right: Dylan Meda, Eric Dengler, and Jaime Meda

Endless grey skies, coupled with a relentless dribble of bone-chilling raindrops would ruin any event. But not the 2015 ChildSafe Out of the Shadows 5k Walk/Run! Despite the rainy, spring day, the event saw a great turnout, with several people circling the CSU Oval armed with umbrellas and free Consuelo’s burritos.

The event began early Sunday morning with a touching testimony from a ChildSafe counselor and former victim of sexual abuse. The guest speaker shared how she was able to overcome her troubling childhood, return to school to obtain her master’s degree in therapy, participate in a rewarding internship with ChildSafe, and ultimately land her current position as counselor.

“It reminded us why we support their organization,” said Let It Shine Office Manager, Jaime Meda. “I think everyone that was there has a special place in their hearts for this organization.”

Participants’ appreciation for the event was evident by the long line of ChildSafe shadow cutouts tracing the tree-lined lawn on CSU’s Fort Collins campus.

Although the 5k wasn’t timed, Let It Shine’s team put in the extra effort, dodging raindrops, running through the crowds, and swiftly circling the route. LIS team member, Dylan Meda, ended up in unofficial second place, while LIS Co-owner Eric Dengler claims he came in third place.

“Dylan had a burrito before he ran and he still beat me,” Eric said. “But there were really only about three people running, so third place wasn’t a big deal.”

The course, originally weaved through the entire CSU campus, but was shortened due to the rain, and included eight laps around the Oval.

Running SWAGIn addition to free beverages from the Egg and I and snacks from Trader Joes, participants also walked away with some ChildSafe SWAG, including t-shirts and drawstring bags.

It may have taken some time to shake off the cold, but LIS participants agreed it was worth it.

“The work of ChildSafe is such an important resource for families in need,” Eric said. “We were happy to be a part of this event and we’d like to try to continue to support the mission of ChildSafe and other valuable resources in our community.”


ChildSafe LogoChildSafe is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductable. Call 970-472-4133 or email ChildSafe’s Resource Development Coordinator, Krista Chalise, at kchalise@childsafecolorado.org for more information.