Race benefits RMYC

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For the first time, proceeds from Saturday's Mount Werner Classic will go to Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

The money will be used to support the Yampa Valley Science School program, which never has paid for itself, RMYC Executive Director Gretchen Van De Carr said.

The science school provides more than 600 Routt County sixth-graders a chance to do environmental and conservation projects for a week.

"The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, over the past year or two, has decided to make a concerted effort to increase public awareness and to be more involved in community volunteerism," Van De Carr said.

One way to gain exposure is to have a presence at popular local events. On Saturday, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps members volunteered and made motivational signs for racers who competed on the five-mile and 12-mile courses.

Van De Carr said the partnership between the Mount Werner Classic and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is a perfect fit because it promotes a healthy lifestyle on a mountain special to RMYC.

"Part of the run is on Pete's Wicked trail, which the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps built," Van De Carr said. "It was named after Pete Wither, the first president of the board of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps."

-- Melinda Mawdsley

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