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On the Run: Go vertical

Aspen Times StaffAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN Go Vertical Aspen – a race to the top of Aspen Mountain to benefit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation – returns for the second year at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.Modeled after the successful Go Vertical Chicago race up the Sears Tower, which attracted some 1,800 participants this year, the Aspen race will become an annual tradition, organizers hope. Last year’s race attracted 110 participants.”You can go up the mountain any day of the week, but it’s more fun to do it with someone else,” organizer Colt Landreth said of the 3.3-mile, 3,267-foot vertical race. “Plus, if you’re going to do it anyway, why not pay $30 and do it for a great cause?”Organizers are also hoping to hold races in New York City and Houston in the future. This year’s race in Chicago raised $350,000 for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which funds grants to the most progressive cancer researchers in the world.Interested runners and hikers can register for $30 at http://www.goverticalaspen.org or for $40 on the day of the race at the gondola plaza.An awards ceremony will follow at the top of the mountain with raffle prizes and refreshments.For more information, go to http://www.goverticalaspen.org.