Event offers many ways to fight breast cancer
The 16th annual Komen Aspen Race for the Cure is coming to Aspen’s Rio Grande Park on Saturday. But don’t let the word “race” mislead you. If walking, running or hanging out with your dog doesn’t sound appealing, you can cook or shop to help fight breast cancer, or even just sleep in. Participants can Sleep In for the Cure for a $35 registration fee. In addition to offering a few extra hours to snooze, the sleeping route also includes a special sleep T-shirt and automatic entry in a drawing for a two-night vacation package in Vail.Cook for the Cure participants can host dinner parties in private homes or restaurants to ask for donations for Komen Aspen. Call 920-0250 for details.If shopping is your thing, several area retailers will donate 5 percent of a day’s receipts to the cause. Those shops and dates are Frette today, B Jewel today and Saturday, and O2, Pitkin County Dry Goods and Aspen Sports on Saturday. Nuages participated Wednesday, and Judith Ripka on July 3.It’s too late to register online (although not too late to make donations), but paper registration is still available at Aspen Sports, El JeBeverage in El Jebel and Pier 1 Imports in Glenwood Springs, or register from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Rio Grande Park.Twenty-five percent of the race’s proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Texas-based research program, and the remainder helps fund breast health initiatives in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties, as well as providing grants to local nonprofit organizations.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends regular mammograms for women 40 and older for early detection of breast cancer. Aspen Valley Hospital recently acquired the latest mammography technology.For more information on the Race for the Cure, visit http://www.aspenraceforthecure.com or call 920-0250.Saturday’s lineup8:15 a.m. Warm up with Aspen Club and Spa fitness instructors8:30 a.m. Coed 5K Run/Walk9:30 a.m. Dog Walk for the Cure10 a.m. One-mile Family Fun Walk10:30 a.m. Komen Kids 100-yard Dash Fun Run11:15 a.m. Awards ceremony and prize drawing
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