On the Hill: Storm the Cantina | AspenTimes.com

On the Hill: Storm the Cantina

Aspen Times Staff

There’s little more than a month left for local uphillers to work themselves into shape to skin, snowshoe or trudge up Aspen Mountain in the dark.The third annual Storm the Stars uphill race takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at 6 p.m. But the kickoff party is tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the Cantina. Partygoers can sign up for the race, volunteer to help out, sign up as an organ donor (not that anyone is expected to hand over a vital organ during the event) and storm the free food and drink.This year, Storm the Stars organizer the Aspen Skiing Co. has teamed up with the American Transplant Foundation and the Chris Klug Foundation to turn the event into more than an excuse to prove one’s fitness, or lack thereof. Now it’s also a fundraiser. The two foundations, operating under the umbrella of the Aspen Summit for Life, will be the beneficiaries of this year’s race. The race will cap off a week of events promoting awareness of and education about organ/tissue donation. Klug, a local Olympian and liver transplant recipient, will be at tonight’s party.Racers in Storm the Stars may participate individually or in teams of three. The nighttime race, from the base of Aspen Mountain to the summit, covers 3,267 feet in 2.5 miles. Participants may use their preferred choice of lighting and nonmotorized equipment – skis with skins, snowshoes, etc. Dinner, refreshments, live music and an awards party at the Sundeck will serve as an enticement to make it all the way.The registration fee of $40 includes the race, the Sundeck party and a goodie bag. In addition, participants must raise at least $160 in pledges to take part in the race. Register at http://www.summitforlife.org. For more information, go the website, e-mail hh@americantransplantfoundation.org or call (303) 757-0959.

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