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24 hours of craziness

Dear Editor:It was great to see the Times cover the 24 Hours of Sunlight, as silly events put on for nut-cases to try to see how far they can push their bodies before they collapse always need more coverage. One slight correction: Bernie Boettcher did not complete 35 laps, his entire team did. Dennis Webb, Andy Crisconi, Charlie Wertheim, and Jeanne Blatter also deserve credit for their win in the Five-Person Open division.Also, as long as we’re talking about giving credit where it is due, another team of locals stomped the Men’s Masters (45 and up) division to win with 29 laps and 43,558 vertical feet, and finished 12th overall. That team consisted of local legend Joe Brown of Aspen, Gary “I want to do an 8th lap even though we’ve already won” Sawyer of Basalt, Mike Gettinger of Glenwood Springs, and me. This is pointed out not to toot my own horn (too much), but to demonstrate my awe at the accomplishments of Joe and Gary. They probably wouldn’t be happy to see their ages printed in the paper, so let me just say that both of these extraordinary athletes are old enough to race in the Grand Masters division. Way to set an example for us “young punks,” guys!Agustin GobaSnowmass Village


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