2.4 Hours true test of (kids’) endurance
Though the Gulfstream 24 Hours of Aspen has been canceled due to lack of snow, racing fans will still get to enjoy the 2.4 Hours of Aspen and other events.
The Elk Mountain Motors/Audi 2.4 Hours of Aspen race on Little Nell, the MCI WorldCom Buttermilk Uphill and MCI WorldCom Ice Zorbing at the Silver Circle Ice Rink all remain on the schedule.
2.4 Hours of Aspen
In the 2.4 Hours of Aspen race, children from the Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club will ski for two-and-a-half hours for pledges. Kids compete to raise the most money in pledges.
The racers are kids at the the Challengers and Sojourners levels in the ski club, a stepping stone from basic kids program to full-on club commitment.
The 2.4 Hours of Aspen race will start Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. on the Little Nell Run on Aspen Mountain.
The race is a fund-raising event for Silver Lining Ranch and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. Elk Mountain Motors, in Glenwood Springs, will match up to $5,000 in pledges. The event raised almost $10,000 last year. Buttermilk Uphill The Buttermilk Uphill race will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Anyone may enter. Prizes will be awarded to female and male winners in six age categories. Categories are 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and up.
Snowshoes, stabilizers or sneakers are the only transportation categories allowed this year, said Uphill Coordinator Lynne Cantrell. The usual ski categories will not be allowed, due to safety considerations, she said.
Downloading on the ski lifts will be available, Cantrell said, but only Panda Peak will be open for skiing.
The advance entry fee is $20, until Friday noon. Participants can enter in advance at Ute Mountaineer in Aspen or Bristlecone Mountain Sports in Basalt. Registration the day of the event is $30 and starts at 6:45 a.m. Proceeds go to Silver Lining Ranch and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.
The entry fee includes a pancake breakfast at the top of Buttermilk.
“Tons of prizes” will be given out. Prizes will go to top finishers and to drawing winners, Cantrell said. Prizes include 24 Hours of Aspen T-shirts, jackets and other goodies.
Participants’ jackets and other gear will be hauled to the top by snowmobile. Ice Zorbing A new event for this year’s 24 Hours weekend is Ice Zorbing at the Silver Circle Ice Rink, 433 E. Durant. Ice zorbing, from what we can gather, involves moving about inside of a very large, transparent, inflated plastic sphere.
MCI WorldCom Ice Zorbing is free to the public, and anyone who is at least 48 inches tall can participate. Two zorbs will be available, said Aspen Skiing Co.’s Nancy Scheinkman, and participants can maneuver their zorbs through an obstacle course on the ice rink. Minors must have a parent on hand to sign a waiver, Scheinkman said.
The Ice Zorbing will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free T-shirts, hot chocolate and biscuits will be available at the ice zorbing venue.
Zorbs have been used in half-time events during professional hockey games, Scheinkman said, and people may have seen them descending ski slopes in Warren Miller films. But they will remain on the horizontal surface of the ice rink this year.
“I kind of wanted to test it in a gravity-free environment before we take them on the slopes,” Scheinkman said.
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