Serenity Run celebrates clean and sober lifestyle

Supporting clean and sober, the annual Serenity Run motorcycle parade along Highway 65 and Cedaredge's Grand Mesa Drive celebrates recovery from substance abuse and dependence and clean and sober lifestyles. Photo from 2017.

Staff report

As the cancelation of Deltarado Days marks the downfall of one of the county’s last large-scale traditional events, another group brings some good news.

The 2020 International Serenity Run is still coming to town, as reported by Merle Lynch, who is part of the planning process. It will be the 35th anniversary of the event, and as always, it will include inspiring stories from some of the bikers who are recovering from alcohol or drug addictions.

The International Serenity Run’s purpose is to celebrate that addiction recovery, and it has been an unfailing event in Cedaredge for decades.

“There was some doubt that the event would take place this year due to Covid 19 restrictions; however, great teamwork between the Delta County Health Department, the Town of Cedaredge, the Cedaredge Police Department, and the ISR Committee is making it happen,” Lynch stated in the press release.

Of course, the event will be modified in a few ways to comply with restrictions and mandates, which were updated heavily on July 16 as Gov. Jared Polis called a statewide mask mandate in public, with a punishment of a trespassing charge for violations.

First off, Lynch assured that the VFW Pancake Breakfast will still happen in a near normal fashion at the Stolte Shed on Friday and Saturday morning of the event at 8 a.m. That’s July 31 and Aug. 1. The public is invited to partake in that event, get to know the bikers and “celebrate something special.”

“For example, sadly, The True Life Church in Cedaredge will not launch the ISR with their usual Thursday night dinner,” the press release stated. The church has temporarily closed its kitchen out of an abundance of caution.

The traditional dinner held by True Life Church will be replaced this year by an outdoor barbecue on the north side of the Cedaredge Fire Department 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. ISR is strongly encouraging masks and social distancing at this event. Donations will go toward the fire department.

Other events which are traditionally indoors will be moved outside as well, including speaker meetings. “Masks and social distancing will be the rule of the day, and committee volunteers handling registration will be temperature checked, masked, and gloved,” the release said.

The Funny Hat Parade is still on, but with an unfortunate lacking piece. Restrictions are forbidding bikers from throwing candy to the children in the crowd. However, bikers and spectators alike are encouraged to blow bubbles at one another in celebration.

The parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, setting the timespan of the entire Serenity Run from Thursday, July 30-Saturday, Aug. 1.

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