Bisbees make track meet time for family


Anyone needing proof that the Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Department’s Open Track Meet at Lincoln Park is a family affair need only take a look at the Bisbee family.

Chuck Bisbee enjoys competing in the all-comers meets. When he found out that they are not just youth meets and adults can also compete, he issued a challenge to his mother.

“I’m always challenging him,” his mother, Michele, said. “I thought it was only fair.”

Michele ran in only one event in Thursday’s meet, the last of two summer meets conducted by the recreation department. It was the evening’s final event, the 800-meter run.

Five years ago, Michele did the Highline Hustle Triathlon. Then other activities began taking priority in her life. She took up casual running again this year.

“I run a couple of times a week, more for fitness,” she said.

On Thursday, with Chuck on the sidelines silently encouraging her, Michele accomplished her goal. She finished the 800 meters, having been the only adult woman to enter.

“Actually, it was more fun that I thought it would be,” she said, having run in a heat with four men.

Chuck, who, for the record, finished second in the 100-meter dash and third in the softball throw in the 11-14 year-old age division, was proud of his mother’s accomplishment.

“It was cool,” he said of seeing Michele cross the finish line.

The crowd favorite of the meet, as usual, were the 50- and 100-meter dashes, especially for the 4-and-under and 6-and-under age divisions, where all the finishers earn a colorful ribbon.

There was no such ribbon for Michele Bisbee, but there was a great sense of accomplishment.

“I’ll go home and I may be more encouraged to run three times a week,” she said.

Maybe all she needs is another gentle nudge from her son.


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