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July 4 race gives a nod to Boogie

Call it the Boogie’s Buddy Race.

That’s the new name for a July 4 footrace that had been known as the Boogie’s Diner Five Mile Charity Race, the Buddy Program announced Wednesday. Boogie is the nickname of Lenny Weinglass, a philanthropist and businessman who has lived in Aspen for 30 years.

The race, a fixture for the past three decades, benefits the Buddy Program, a youth-mentoring organization, and starts and finishes in front of Boogie’s Diner in downtown Aspen.

According to a news release from the Buddy Program, “In addition to sponsoring the race, Boogie singlehandedly spurred the growth of the Buddy Program by hosting the Bash for the Buddies for its first 11 years at his Merry-Go-Ranch and has raised incalculable donations through his sheer indomitable will.

“Under his stewardship and guidance, the Buddy Program multiplied dramatically, from a dozen pairs in the early 90s to nearly 1,000 youth today.”

On race day, the Buddy Program will hold a race-name dedication in honor of Weinglass, 71.

For more information or to register for the race or walk, stop by Boogie’s Diner beginning Sunday, or register online at http://www.BuddyProgram.org.

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