Article by Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of Jeff Stotler
Castle Pines (CP) residents didn’t sleep in on a blustery, snowy Thanksgiving morning as they trekked to Elk Ridge Park for the third annual Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition.
With temperatures hovering around 20 degrees and the park covered in snow and ice, the contestants gave it their all. Reigning two-time men’s champ Doug Graham came up short this year, but still managed a solid third place. Winter Berry resident Jeff Stotler came in second only to CP resident Mark Tepsic, who took home the trophy with an impressive 101 total yards.
For the women, previous champ, Debbie Murphy, came in third place this year and Ellen Stotler landed at second place. Deanna Driver, owner of Castle Pines CrossFit won the competition by a narrow margin of only one yard. Driver was clever and took a break from the frozen tundra to warm up in her car with the heat blasting just prior to her victory performance.
Fun was had by all in attendance and $300 was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project which serves to assist wounded veterans transitioning to civilian life.