Off-road enthusiast organizes cleanup over Labor Day weekend

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FARMINGTON — A group of volunteers will clean up trash Saturday in the Glade Run Recreation Area.

The clean up will also include a hot dog roast and campout to celebrate Labor Day weekend. The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Local off-road enthusiast Allen Elmore organized the event. He said volunteers have been cleaning up the recreation area for the past six years, and he has seen a decrease in trash since they began.

"It's a pretty easy way that you can have an impact on your community," Elmore said.

He said he wanted to have Glade Run Recreation Area cleaned up before the World Extreme Rock Crawling Grand National Championship, which will take place there on Sept. 10.

Because the weekend before the rock crawling championship coincides with Labor Day, Elmore decided to host a campout in connection with the cleanup. He hopes the camping portion of the cleanup will encourage more participation.

He said some volunteers plan to squeeze in four-wheeling on nearby trails the evening after the cleanup.

Elmore said Glade Run is an important asset for the economy because it is one of the biggest local tourist attractions.

"We've met people from all over the United States who've come here to four-wheel in the canyon," Elmore said.

Tonya Stinson, director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Glade Run provides opportunities for four-wheeling, riding horses, biking and hiking.

"We are so fortunate to have that area," she said.

Elmore said that while the canyon is a beautiful place, trash has been a problem, and he hopes the cleanup will discourage future dumping.

"When people don't see it as a dump, they're less likely to trash it," Elmore said.

For more information about the clean up, call Elmore at 505-686-3831.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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