On the Hill: Party, race, party | AspenTimes.com

On the Hill: Party, race, party

ASPEN ” It’s not part of the recommended workout regimen for a race up Aspen Mountain, but it is an excuse to party. And sign up for the race.

There will be a kickoff party for the second annual Aspen Summit for Life race ” formerly known as Storm the Stars ” from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Cantina in Aspen.

This year’s race, on Dec. 1, will benefit the Chris Klug Foundation and the American Transplant Foundation. The party offers a chance to register for the race (charging 3,267 vertical feet up Aspen Mountain in the dark might sound more appealing after a couple of cocktails) or volunteer for the event. At the very least, attendees may register as organ or tissue donors while taking advantage of the free food and drink. Klug, a local Olympian and liver transplant recipient, will be on hand.

Summit for Life is a nighttime race from the base of Aspen Mountain to the summit ” the aforementioned 3,267 vertical feet over 2.5 miles. Racers start at 6 p.m., using their preferred choice of lighting (presumably a headlamp) and nonmotorized gear (snowshoes, skins, etc.)

Dinner, refreshments, live music and an awards party await competitors at the Sundeck up top. There’s a $40 registration fee to race; participants are also expected to raise at least an additional $160 in pledges. Racers are urged to raise as much money as they can for the cause; top fundraisers will win “great prizes,” organizers promise.

Supporters who can’t bring themselves to race/trudge to the summit can partake in the festivities atop Aspen Mountain by signing up to “Ride for Life” and take the gondola up. Tickets to the party cost $60 for adults and $35 for children; tots age 3 and younger ride for free. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible.

Those who can’t make Thursday’s party can register, donate to the cause or learn more about Aspen Summit for Life 2007 online at http://www.SummitForLife.org or by contacting contact Holly Upper at Holly.Upper@gmail.com or calling her at (970) 300-4741.

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