Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cold day, warm applause for a winning team

Sawtooth Relay

Photo by Willy Cook

On a brutally cold and damp day, there were 298 six-member teams that officially finished the 21st annual Sawtooth Relay Saturday, June 9 along 62 miles from Stanley to Ketchum. No team was more committed than the Zac Gilstrap team. They ended up raising over $15,000 that has changed the life of the handicapped son of Blaine County Senior Connection director Kimberly Coonis. Their initial goal was to buy Gilstrap a $3,500 standing frame with their fundraising—but Coonis said she was overwhelmed by the efforts to help Zac with so much more. The Gilstrap team officially finished 45th of 135 Coed Open teams with a final time of 9 hours, 43 minutes and 21 seconds. Here, they encourage each other at the exchange entering the final relay stretch north of Ketchum. From left, they are Beth Stuart, Reid Stillman, Keely Eliason, Eric Eliason, runner Jamie Zotts and runner Ramey Dennehy.

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