Basalt OKs applications for cycling event, half-marathon
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT – The Basalt Town Council granted special events permits Tuesday night for use of a town park and other facilities for a cycling event in June and a half-marathon in July.
The Spin Sports Festival will route 500 bicyclists through town on Friday, June 25, during a ride from Aspen to Ruedi Reservoir and back. A party will be held in Lions Park as the riders make their way down Frying Pan Road from the reservoir, according to the permit.
The riders will access town via the Rio Grande Trail. When they arrive at the high school they will travel through Southside, cross Highway 82, go across the 7-Eleven Bridge onto Cottonwood Lane, then up Frying Pan Road. The riders will pass through town on the way up to the reservoir between 8:30 and 10 a.m. according to organizer Craig Canon.
Participants will head down from the reservoir at noon or shortly thereafter, he said, then gather at the park in downtown Basalt for a party before departing for Aspen.
Canon will provide his own security and clean up the park, so little town expense is anticipated, a town staff memo to the council said, so “there should be little or no cost to the town.” In addition, the event will expose the riders to Basalt and potentially attract people to town, so there should be an economic benefit, Canon said.
The Aspen Half Marathon organizers were also given approval to use Lions Park for its end-of-event party on Saturday, July 10. A short stretch of Midland Spur in front of Saxy’s and Basalt Town Hall will be closed on the day of the run for the finish area.
The event will start in Woody Creek at Wilton Jaffee Sr. Park. Runners will take the Rio Grande Trail to the Basalt-Old Snowmass Trail, enter Basalt via Two Rivers Road and end at Lions Park.
Organizers Sean Solon and Kat Fitzgerald said they hope the inaugural event attracts 200 to 400 runners and becomes an annual event.
Like the cycling event, the half-marathon must clean up the park and provide security at places like intersections.
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