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Steamworks 1/2 Marathon $4,500 for Marc Witkes Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Marc Witkes, long-time Durango resident and distance runner who was a local figurehead for the sport, Steamworks Brewing Co. and Star Liquors have announced a joint donation of $4543.69 to the Marc Witkes Memorial Scholarship at Fort Lewis College. Funds were raised through activities associated with the Steamworks-Animas Valley Half Marathon, held June 7, 2014.
The annual half marathon is a partnership of Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango Running Club (formerly Durango Motorless Transit) and the Durango Sports Club. The 2014 event sold out, drawing 300 runners, which enabled Steamworks to donate $4345.69 to the scholarship.
Star Liquors highlighted Steamworks’ brews as “Beer of the Month” for June, donating $0.25 of each 6-pack or bottles of Steamworks beer sold – or $198.00 total – to the Witkes Scholarship.
“We are most appreciative of the very generous contribution to the Witkes Scholarship Fund from Steamworks Brewing Co. and Star Liquors,” said Gary Hunter, director of athletics, Fort Lewis College. “This will allow some very deserving cross country runners to continue their education at Fort Lewis College and honor Marc Witkes.”
The Marc Witkes Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to a Four Corners area cross country runner attending Fort Lewis College. Witkes, an avid runner and former president of Durango Motorless Transit, passed away Dec. 10, 2006, less than 300 yards from the finish line at the Tucson Marathon.
“All this continues to be possible because the community enthusiastically comes out and supports the effort,” said Kris Oyler, Steamworks co-founder, noting that proceeds hit a record with the 2014 event. “We’re thrilled to be able to continue to support young distance runners in memory of Marc. Since 2008 we’ve been able to contribute nearly $25,000 to the scholarship.”

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