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10th annual Aspen Summit For Life is next week

Staff report

A record number of uphillers took off at the start of the ninth annual Summit for Life benefit at Aspen Mountain in 2014. Similar numbers are expected Saturday.

The Chris Klug Foundation's 10th Annual Aspen Summit for Life presented by Astellas is Dec. 4 and 5. This event raises awareness about lifesaving organ and tissue donation, while celebrating second chances and quality of life. Registration has sold out the past three years, so register today and start fundraising for this great cause.

Each participant who raises the $100 minimum will receive a racer bag that includes gift cards, snacks, gifts and more. Participation and donations will help the 123,000 people currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Twenty-one people die daily due to the lack of available organs for transplant and just one donor can save the lives of eight people, according to the Chris Klug Foundation.

To donate to the cause or learn more about the 10th annual Aspen Summit for Life weekend, visit http://www.SummitForLife.org or contact summitforlife@blue birdaspen.com.

Aspen Summit for Life and its supporters enable the Chris Klug Foundation to focus on the mission of promoting life-saving organ and tissue donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation. Summit for Life Partners include Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Kahtoola, Aspen Sojourner, Elite Island Resorts, The Aspen Times, Aspen Square Hotel, Aspen Public Radio, Paradise Bakery, The Aspen Club and Aspen Snowmass.

The Aspen Summit for Life weekend begins with a fundraising dinner benefiting the Chris Klug Foundation on Dec. 4. The intimate dinner with Chris Klug and friends at the historic Hotel Jerome includes wine pairings from Failla, specialty cocktails from Spring 44 vodka, music by DJ Ronnie and favors from Aspen Fine Chocolates. Tickets available at http://www.summitforlife.org.

Start the action-packed winter weekend with Party for Life, featuring drink specials from Spring 44 Vodka and live music by DJ Ronnie. Party for Life is hosted at the Hotel Jerome Living Room and is open to the public Dec. 4.

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On Dec. 5, the Summit for Life race day, a yoga session will be held at 9:30 a.m. on the top of Aspen Mountain with Shakti Shala. Classes are available for a donation and all proceeds will benefit Summit for Life.

The 10th annual Aspen Summit for Life Uphill is Dec. 5, with the recreational start at 5 p.m. and the competitive start at 6 p.m. Registration fee is $45 and there's a $100 minimum fundraising commitment.

Racers climb 3,267 vertical feet over 2.5 miles at night. All participants receive a racer bag valued at more than $100 and top racers and fundraisers will receive prizes.

The post-race party at the summit will include dinner by The Little Nell, live music and awards for top fundraisers and racers presented by liver recipient and Olympic Bronze Medalist Chris Klug.

For those who want to skip the uphill hike, cheer on the racers as they come across the finish line and participate in the post-race party, the Silver Queen Gondola will be running to the summit.

Those who want to support the event but are unable to attend can opt to be "Snowed In" and still show support by sponsoring a participant or making a general donation.

Learn more about the foundation at http://www.chrisklugfoundation.org

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