KUSA – There are moments in life that feel like a marathon and a sprint. That’s been the feeling at RNK Running and Walking in Parker in the two weeks since a car crashed through the front door and sent seven people to the hospital including a 13-year-old girl.
“The longest and fastest two weeks of my life,” Jim Browning said, owner of RNK.
On Saturday morning, dozens of volunteers came to help Browning and his staff take the first steps to reopening the Parker running store.
“Today’s the first day that we’ve been able to clean out the old store, move into a temporary location and sort all the damaged items and product,” Browning said.
Volunteers like Karen Jara sifted through damaged merchandise and catalogued every pair of shoes and piece of clothing the store must sell to a salvage company.
“Any little bit you can do to help something not be as awful, I think you should,” Jara said.
RNK Running and Walking plans to open its doors again Monday in a temporary space right next door.
Browning said it was humbling to see so many volunteers pitching in to help.
“At the end of the day, Parker and Castle Rock communities are phenomenal,” he said.
While the volunteers worked Saturday morning, their minds and hearts were focused on 13-year-old Rylie Guentensberger recovering in the hospital. Rylie was inside the store on April 29th with her mother when a car came crashing through the front door.
Parker Police say the driver of the car suffered an apparent medical emergency. Rylie was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
“I don’t know much about her medical situation, but it sounds like it’s going to be long haul and I hope everybody continues to support throughout that process,” Karen Jara said.
Jim Browning said volunteers Saturday also offered donations for Rylie and her family.
“She is a 13-year-old girl with phenomenal fight and power,” he said.
As volunteers worked wrapped up work in Parker, a fundraiser for Rylie was held at the South Suburban Ice Arena in Centennial. For $10, kids got a chance to skate with current and former NHL players. Proceeds from the event were donated to Rylie Guentensberger’s family.