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457 South 4th Avenue
Brighton, CO, 80601
United States


We are driven by the loss and love for our son and ambition to craft a better world than the one we inherited. We do this work with the hope of comforting, supporting and providing affordable grief counseling and support to families in need of healing, following the loss of a loved one.


Turtle Trek 2017

What is the Turtle Trek?

In Memory of Our Son

Our Annual Turtle Trek Remembrance 5K/15K Run/Walk is an event organized to honor our son Richard Lambert. Richard passed away September 4, 2012 unexpectedly at the age of 26. Richard graduated from Brighton High School in 2003 where he played football and was an outstanding athlete. After graduating Richard attended the University of Northern Colorado and was currently working in the oilfield service. He was known for his passion for snowboarding and was an avid Denver Broncos fan. Richard was smart, handsome, hard working, funny, big hearted, enjoyed life and we will never forget those blue eyes and that Richard smile.

Two weeks after losing Richard our family envisioned the idea of hosting a 5K walk in Richard's memory. As Richard's mom, the "walk" represented that I needed to be the person that Richard was proud of and find the strength to get out of bed each morning, put my feet on the floor and taking that first step to "walk" through each day no matter how difficult. As a family it represented that we would "walk" this journey through the loss of our, son, brother and uncle together. With only two weeks to plan, we were able to spread the word to our family and friends and we had approximately 60 participants at our 1st Annual "unorganized" Richard Lambert Memorial 5K.


15K & 5K Run/Walk

The Turtle Trek Remembrance 5K/15K is one of our major fundraisers held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September at Barr Lake State Park. The funding allows RLF to continue to serve families in our community, by helping them to achieve a hopeful future through our programs and services. 

Why the Turtle?

We get asked the question of why the turtle? It's a great memory from our family vacation in 2003 in Hawaii, that has always brought us a smile and some laughter. Richard and his mom were out fairly deep in the ocean and Richard saw "something" pop up out of the water. Lets just say that there was a bit of panic and keep in mind that Richard was a senior high school football player and bigger than his mom at the time, yet he nearly drowned his mom by climbing on her back to save himself from that "something"......a giant sea turtle. It always brought us a chuckle when we reminised about it and it still does today. When Richard bought his home, one of his first gifts from his mom was a small granite turtle just to remind him of good times and laughter. If you get the chance to chat with the family they would love to share the full story.

Congratulations to our Winners of the 2016 Turtle Trek 5K & 15K

15K Males
Overall - Greg Newman 1:06:23
19 & under - N/A
20-29 - N/A
30-39 - Brian Matthews 1:10:01
40-49 - Joseph Martinez 1:22:01
50+ - Thomas Mueller 1:22:30
15K Females
Overall - Chelsea Elson 1:07:50
19 & under - N/A
20-29 - Sydney Zywicki 1:09:13
30-39 - Christine Lindaman 1:30:25
40-49 - N/A
50+ - Karen Smidt 1:20:31

5K Males
Overall - Isaac Wagner 19:53
19 & under - Joshua Bowers 19:54
20-29 - Jace Elson 20:53
30-39 - Nicholas Darschewski 23:43
40-49 - Bill Stanley 36:13
50+ - Lyle Hatridge 26:05
5K Females
Overall - Hannah Rockwell 25:06
19 & under - Mckenna Uhing 27:33
20-29 - Ciara Chavez 36:01
30-39 - Cari Micala 28:18
40-49 - Stephanie Welsh 28:17
50+ - Shellie Laws 28:39

2017 15K/5K Turtle Trek Run/Walk – Race Results 

Turtle Trek Review
"I had a great experience and enjoyed the Turtle Trek last September. The Richard Lambert Foundation and team did a great job with the race and made it a very nice morning. I invited my friend to run the Turtle Trek, it was one of her first races, and now she's running all the time and has completed many races since, including a half marathon. I'm looking forward to another great race this year. Hope to be bringing a lot of my running friends and I encourage all of you to do the same."

Greg Scott Myers

In 2013 the Richard Lambert Memorial 5k Run/Walk Turtle Trek was established as an organized event.