July 4, Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5
An Aspen Fourth of July tradition, the Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 mile race, returns for its 27th annual edition on Monday morning.Going by the numbers – usually about 1,000 people participate between the five-mile race and the one-mile family and canine walk – it’s the largest foot race in Aspen. Typically, the race attracts all kinds – young and old, fast and slow, skinny and round, locals and visitors – and race officials are expecting a similar turnout Monday.The race starts and finishes at Boogie’s Diner downtown, and the five-mile course loops down along the river to the Cemetery Lane bridge and then back through town. The first wave for competitive runners starts at 8 a.m., followed by a second wave at 8:15 a.m. (for runners who anticipate spending 45 minutes or more out on the course). The family walk starts at 9:15 a.m.The event serves as a fund-raising focal point for The Buddy Program, a valley nonprofit that matches positive role models with local youths in need of support and companionship.Race registration is ongoing through the weekend at Boogie’s Diner, 534 E. Cooper Ave., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (or go online at buddyprogram.org).Registration costs $30 for adults and $10 for youths 16 and under in the five-miler and one-miler, and it’s $5 per canine in the one-miler. Families of four may register for the family walk for $65 (each additional child is $10).Race-day registration is available, beginning at 7 a.m. at Boogies, for an additional $15.Participants will receive a goodie bag, T-shirt and a raffle ticket.New this year is the so-called “Century Category.” Race officials are offering a $100 gift certificate to the Big Wrap for the fastest trio of friends whose combined age adds up to more than 100.
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