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U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
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A State Division of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity" dedicated to the cultural preservation and economic development of inner cities, small towns and rural communities located along all 3,652 miles of the Grand Old Highway.
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On the Run with Aprylle Gilbert
U.S. Route 6 Charity Run
2015 Activity Updates

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During Aprylle's Charity Run New memberships will include the balance of this year and all of 2016
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July 07, 2015 Activity Update

Aprylle arrives in Holyoke, Colorado.
She is now on her way to Imperial, Nebraska.

Above > Mary Tomky, Mayor Orville Tonsing, Aprylle Gilbert
and Ken Oltjenbruns.

Above L-R Ken Oltjenbruns, Executive Director of the Colorado U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, Darcy Tomky of the Holyoke Enterprise Newspaper, Holyoke Town Councilman John Schneider and Mayor Orville Tonsing. Mayor Tonsing presented Aprylle with a gold "Holyoke Dollar" and pin.

Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

Hello all:
Aprylle started her run yesterday morning 25 miles west of Holyoke. It was a cool, pleasant day for running.

She reached Haxtun by 11:30. There some children greeted her with signs they had made welcoming her and thanking her for "Helping the Kids". Two runners joined her: Jonetta Anderson for 4.5 miles and Rebecca Ensminger for 9 miles.

 She reached Holyoke at 5:15. There she was greeted by Mayor Orville Tonsing who presented her with a gold "Holyoke Dollar" and pin. Also present were Councilman John Schneider, Holyoke Chamber Executive Director Mary Tomky, Darcy Tomky of the Holyoke Enterprise, and myself. After stopping to eat, Aprylle continued her run about 6 miles east of Holyoke when darkness overtook her. She has picked up from that point this morning, and continues her run towards Imperial, Nebraska which is her goal this evening. I will make one more report from there before turning the task over to the Nebraska folks.

Ken Oltjenbruns
Executive Director
Colorado US Route 6
Tourist Association

Jonetta Anderson and Aprylle Gilbert

July 06, 2015 AM > Haxtun, Colorado Welcomes Aprylle

Happenings in Haxtun, CO | Facebook

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July 06, 2015 Activity Update

Sent: 7/6/2015 6:58:14 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: Aprylle's Run

Hello All:

Aprylle ran from Hillrose to Sterling on Saturday, July 4. On Sunday she ran from Sterling to Fleming, and about 3 miles east of Fleming she ran into rain and had to stop at 25 miles for the day. Her goal is 30 to 33 miles per day. Anyway it was time to drive on ahead the 25 miles to Holyoke to a delicious picnic dinner at Steve and Cherrie Brown's house. She stayed the night there. Today she is running the 25 miles into Holyoke and 5 to 10 additional miles beyond. The plan is to drive back to Holyoke for a second night at the Browns' house. If all goes according to plan she should cross over into Nebraska around 11:00 Tuesday morning. I will send another update at time.

Ken Oltjenbruns
Executive Director
Colorado US Route 6
Tourist Association

July 03, 2015 - Below


Above picture L - Aprylle Gilbert with R - Mary Ellen Mercer, Owner of the Prairie Ranch Restaurant and Mayor Pro Tem for the Town of Wiggins, CO, with her granddaughter, Destry Mercer standing in the middle.

Prairie Ranch House - Wiggins, CO - Family Style Restaurant | Facebook

Town of Wiggins, Colorado

July 02, 2015 In The News - Holyoke, Colorado > Extreme distance runner to pass through on coast-to-coast run

June 28, 2015
A special "Thank You" to Monica and Jere Truer for the great hospitably at their Historic Windsor Hotel B&B in Silver Plum, Colorado.
(Be sure to visit their facebook page - below.)

Marcia and Jere Truer with Aprylle Gilbert. 06-28-2015 AM
The Historic Windsor Hotel B&B - Silver Plume, CO


June 27, 2015 Aprylle arrives at the top of Loveland Pass. Now down the Grand Old Highway to Georgetown.

Ken Oltjenbruns, Executive Director of the Colorado U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association with Aprylle Gilbert at the top of Loveland Pass, Colorado. June 27, 2015

Wednesday June 24, 2015 Aprylle ran through Glenwood Canyon and is now on her way to Eagle, CO.

Aprylle arrives in Rifle, Colorado

(June 22, 2015)

Matt Sturgeon, City Mgr. - Mayor Pro Tem Jay Miller - Aprylle Gilbert, Center - Police Officer Stephanie Straw - Kimberly Bullen, Assistant City Manager - Police Chief John Dyer.

Welcome to Rifle, Colorado

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Aprylle arrives in Fruita, Colorado

Thursday May 18, 2015

Greeting Aprylle is True Nycun, Director of Fruita Parks & Recreation and Alicia Vince with concerts in the park. Aprylle was invited on stage and introduced to the audience and presented the headless chicken T-Shirt. Below what's on the back side of the T-Shirt.

City of Fruita, Colorado


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As of this posting Aprylle is spending the night in Green River, Utah. June 14, 2015
For now turn on the sound and enjoy Malerie's blogs.

Malerie Yolen-Cohen is a professional travel writer and a member of our Association. She is also one of our official Ambassadors at Large. Remember, Aprylle is running from west to east, and that Malerie is driving from east to west.

Stay on Route 6: Grand Junction, CO to Green River, UT on US Route 6

Stay on Route 6: Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction, CO on US Route 6




Welcome to the Colorado U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
"The Land of Adventure"

Kenneth Oltjenburns, Executive Director
Kenneth Oltjenburns, Executive Director

I grew up on a wheat farm near Highway 6 in eastern Colorado. After attending Holyoke High School and getting a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University, I worked in manufacturing design for a number of years. When my father retired in 1986, I returned to Holyoke to operate my family’s farm. This farm has been in the family since 1917 when my great grandfather purchased the land, including the farmstead where I grew up. Having an interest in the history of the area, I served as president of the Phillips County Historical Society for four years.

When Joe Hurley walked through Holyoke in 2004, I became interested in working to preserve our rich heritage along Route 6. Working with Mary Tomky and others, we established the Colorado U.S. Route 6 Heritage Corporation to set up a visitor center in Holyoke.

We work closely with the people in Arapahoe, Nebraska to link our efforts to promote heritage tourism. We look forward to placing Historic Route 6 signs and increasing awareness all across Colorado. Looking forward to having you join in this effort.

Kenneth Oltjenbruns


Golden's plans for park on top of U.S. 6 - Denver Post 03/19/2015



Prairie Ranch House - Wiggins, CO - Family Style Restaurant | Facebook

A Must Visit When Traveling the "6"!

Keensburg, Colorado

"America's Premier Sanctuary"

A Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3)

The Town of Hillrose, Colorado

The arrival of Joe Hurley in Colorado Summer of 2004

It your are interested in being an active member or would like information about the Association contact Ken Oltjenbruns at Colorado@route6tour.comColorado@Route6tour.com



The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) Corporation
dedicated to the economic development and cultural preservation of inner cities, small towns and rural communities
located along all 3,652 miles of the Grand Old Highway..

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