The Ruthi Spirit Award

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy, and celebration.  Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends.  Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savour each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer, and to celebrate the joy of every day.  The hummingbird's delicate grace, reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation.         -Papyrus

Ruth Golumbia passed away on January 15, 2015 after a short and vicious battle with cancer.  She holds a very special place in the hearts of her six children, especially her daughter, Amy, who is the 5Peaks national race director, as well as for the President of WATCH IT!, Darren Bondar, her cousin.

Ruthi was a bright light in our lives.  She always had a smile on her face, something delicious in the oven, and open arms for her grandchildren. She showed up and stayed until the end.  She worked hard whenever anyone needed her help.  She volunteered at numerous races, and always had the loudest cheer and most supportive energy.   The home that she shared with Amy's dad, Richard, was full of love, flowers, vegetables growing in the garden, hummingbirds feeding outside.  She spent countless nights backpacking in the mountains, and mornings biking up to a special viewpoint above Canmore with her friend Lynne, and then ripping down the hill howling like a wolf.  She is missed terribly by her six children and many grandchildren, and most especially by her soul mate, Rich.

When WATCH IT! came on as a 5 Peaks sponsor this year, Darren and Amy teamed up to create the Ruthi Spirit Award.  At every single 5 Peaks Race, WATCH IT! will honour one racer or volunteer who embodies the characteristics that Ruthi always brought with her.  The Ruthi award will be given to the volunteer or racer who exhibits:

  • boundless energy
  • desire to make someone's day at a race, to help them have the best race experience possible
  • willingness to lend a hand 
  • smiles
  • desire to build community

With the recipient's permission, we will post photos of all of the award winners here throughout the year.  Thank you to Timex for providing the watches and for supporting this initiative.