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On the Hill: Last run, first run

Joel Stonington

Evidently, there were a whole bunch of crazies waiting at the gondola at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. I wouldn’t know, I was at Paepcke Park starting off on the Thanksgiving Scramble 5K run. After running nearly every day this spring, summer and fall, the start of skiing sort of snuck up on me. Saturday was the changeover day. The summer sports are pretty much over and done with just as the mountain opens. The Scramble was the last of summer, the last taste of running in the area. So I woke up around 8 a.m. and was at Paepcke by 9 a.m. The race was short, and there were only 17 hardy participants. In my book, everyone who got up to run on that cold morning with snowy sidewalks gets serious hard-core points. After running across the finish line and collecting my race T-shirt, I was at home changing by 10 a.m. and on the gondola at 11 a.m. Strapped on the tele’s at the top and took a few turns. About halfway down my first groomer, I was thinking, “this is ridiculously fun!” The running race seemed as far away as summer does. I haven’t lived in a place where the seasons are so defined as in Aspen and where the definition is as much about the weather as about the various recreational activities. I gotta say, I like it.So good-bye running, hello slopes. It’s going to be a good winter. The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.