Running for fun, not from the law |

Running for fun, not from the law

Here is a true account which may provide some insight into the thinking at the Denver Water Board.

I’m a runner. My “maintenance” run, several days weekly, is from my condo along the bike path to the dam and back, about an hour. I’ve been doing this for most of the past 10 summers, often picking up tourist (and local’s) trash along the way. I used to deposit this outbound stuff into a somewhat neat pile, sometimes in bags, over the first concrete barrier at a corner with the fence by the building at the glory hole.

I infrequently encountered Dillon Water Board staff, who were pleasant, or neutral, willing to further dispose of this trash. (One of them told me that he had passed on my suggestion that trash containers be placed at the nearby scenic point turnoff. His supervisor, he reported, had declined on the basis that DWB would then have to empty the containers periodically.)

My usually cordial reception, on chance encounters with staff at the glory hole, ended at about this time last year. As I was about to place some polystyrene plates and a few other items over the barrier, I was abruptly confronted by a Denver Water rep who defiantly yelled, as best as I can recall the incident, “Stop! Stay right there. I’m calling the sheriff. You will be under arrest.”

He was placing the call on his cell phone when I asked what the charges would be. He hesitated, then asked, “Have you ever heard of Osama Bin Laden?” That, I recall with certainty.

Incredulous, I flippantly responded “Yes, he’s a friend of mine.” That didn’t improve the situation. As I turned, for my run back home, he was talking to the Sheriff’s Office, and shouted to me to stay to be arrested. I didn’t stop. Needless to say, I recounted this event to my wife and several friends in the next few days. They could and would verify my telling of this story.

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