Aspen High student flips, spins to bolster self – and maybe his school |

Aspen High student flips, spins to bolster self – and maybe his school

Jeanne McGovernThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen High School junior Trevor Rittenhouse wants your vote.No, he’s not running for student body president. Nor is he vying to be the next American Idol.Rittenhouse is a free runner, and if a video of him jumping, flipping and spinning through the air garners enough votes in the coming weeks, AHS could be $15,000 richer.The three-minute video, titled “Aspen Parkour & Free Running 2010,” has made it to the second round of voting in Adidas’ online search for the “Ultimate Move.” A promo for its new Moves Pulse fragrance line, the contest kicked off Nov. 15, with Rittenhouse’s video pitted against “Lacrosse ‘MAYTAG.'” This week, the AHS crew is looking to beat out “Awesome Greco Throw,” by Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio. AHS is the only Colorado school still in the running.”Adidas Pulse Moves found us. They sent me an e-mail commenting on my YouTube video and asked me to submit it to the contest … that was kind of cool,” Rittenhouse said. “I don’t know how they found it, but I know the idea is to have kids in different communities show off their moves for their school.”And Rittenhouse moves. In the online video, he can be seen front-flipping over rails, back-flipping off concrete blocks, jumping off of stairs and running, flipping and spinning just about everywhere. “I’ve been training in parkour for about five years now,” said Rittenhouse, who founded the AHS Parkour Club when he was a freshmen. Parkour is “a philosophy and includes the physical practice of traversing elements in both urban and rural settings,” according to Wikipedia; the related sport of free running “has a greater emphasis on self-expression within the environment” and often incorporates tricks like aerial rotations and spins. About 30 people comprise the AHS club, Rittenhouse said. Though they don’t compete per se, club members “practice technique and work out so that nobody gets hurt trying to do this.” His hope is that if AHS wins the $15,000 prize money, some can be spent securing safe spaces for kids interested in parkour to learn and train.Voting in the current round continues online through Sunday. If Aspen tops “Awesome Greco Throw,” voting for round three begins Nov. 29. The final round, with two videos in direct competition, begins Dec. 6, with the winner named Dec. 13. Visit to cast your