AVSC youngsters chase bucks in 2.4 Hours of Aspen
There may not have been enough snow on the hill for the big kids to run the 24 Hours of Aspen last weekend, but that didn’t stop a slew of young athletes from the Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club from taking to the Little Nell run for the 2.4 Hours of Aspen, a benefit fund-raiser for the club.
Skiers raced continuously and collected money on a per-lap pledge basis, raising a total of $4,937.10 for the club.
Audi of America, one of the race’s sponsors, agreed to meet the total raised by the racers and presented the Aspen Valley club with a check for $5,000.
Ten-year-old Matthew Tapper, wearing bib No. 1, appropriately enough, took top honors in the race, skiing 13 laps and singlehandedly raising $468.
Following are the results from the 2.4 Hours of Aspen:
Thirteen laps: Matthew Tapper, Liz Laman, A.J. Smollen, Sam Mitchell, Jenny Hearn, Cory Runge, Sam Coffey and Mary Margolin.
Twelve laps: Elizabeth Tapper, Taylor Buzbee, Brittany Fortier, Harry Maniloff, Christina Van Moorsel, Whit Parker, Chelsea Murdock, Henry Dodderidge, Marshall Cleveland, Ryan Higgins, Phillip Layne, David Hach, Dylan Bontempo and Joanna Coffey.
Eleven laps: Travis VanDomelen, Stephen Buzbee, Bennet Hrabovsky, Rory Johnson, Tyler Stevens, James Schindler, Sam Razzore, Elizabeth Rostly, Sam Christenson and Abby McKey.
Ten laps: Jake Forester, Paul Stover, Elizabeth Whipple, Brandon Briscoe, Jim Wood, Anton Hilts and Charlie Lasser.
Nine laps: Hilary Fitzpatrick, Bryon Mason, Kyle Lusk and Katie Bird.
Eight laps: Max Jallifere, Fallon Chitty and Spike Lipton.
Seven laps: Paul Jung, Cody Horn and Jesper Hilts.
Six laps: Carina McCormick
Four laps: Logan Cross
Three laps: Madison Lisa Murdock and Jade Johnson.
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Mario Ruiz came to Aspen Highlands from Bariloche through the ski patrol exchange as part of the Sister Cities program last winter. He quickly ingrained himself with the Highlands patrol. Ruiz was killed July 27 in an avalanche while working at his home ski area. The Highlands patrol is raising funds for his family.