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Community rallies for Aspen TNT 10K

The inaugural Aspen TNT 10K benefiting the National MS Society was held in Aspen on Oct. 12. The race was a success beyond our expectations.

We had a spectacular day for the race with 100 runners enjoying local trails around Aspen, and we raised more than $28,000 for the National MS Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter. But for us, the success of the race is measured not solely in numbers but in the community spirit that really made the event come alive.

The idea of the race originated last fall on a run with friends. Those friends and others spent numerous hours helping make the Aspen TNT a reality. Over the months, we recruited many more volunteers to execute the race, without whom the race could not have been held. Even more friends came out to run the race. Some were seasoned runners, some haven't run a race in years, some haven't ever run a race, and some walked the course.

Local businesses donated thousands of dollars in prizes for our fundraisers and volunteers. Friends and family donated to support our fundraising efforts. It is the generosity of spirit that everyone brought to the Aspen TNT that truly made the race a success for us.

It is inspiring and gratifying to live in a community whose members come together to support one another. We are so grateful to call Aspen home. Thank you all for your generous support.

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The Buddy Program needs more male and female mentors in the midvalley, where the most children are waiting to be matched. Call Heather Hicks, director of recruitment, for more information on how you can get involved at 970-920-2130, or visit http://www.buddy program.org.

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I would like to thank Ron Morehead for organizing and helping make this program. I also would like to thank my coaches for teaching us and taking time out of their day to make us better football players. And I would like to thank my teammates for playing hard and having great sportsmanship.

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