Race events raise $150,000
This weekend’s ninth annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Aspen was another “wonderful success,” in terms of fund-raising and participation, according to the event’s organizers.
Although an exact fund-raising figure has not been determined, Michelle Bodner, president of the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, believed that the long weekend of events raised a sum in the vicinity of $150,000. Three-quarters of that net sum will remain in the Roaring Fork Valley, to be devoted toward breast cancer programs. The other quarter is bestowed upon the Susan G. Komen Foundation to facilitate national research.
According to Bodner, more than 1,700 men, women, and children ran/walked in Saturday’s “Race for the Cure;” about 180 people participated in Sunday’s “Bike for the Cure;” about 70 people participated in Sunday’s “Horseback Ride for the Cure;” and approximately 110 people are expected to play in today’s “Swing for the Cure” golf match at the Snowmass Club golf course.
“All the events have been wonderful,” Bodner said, “and the weather has been wonderful too.”
“We had six [National Football League] players participate and they were terrific,” she said (including Kordell Stewart, Jamal Anderson, Jason Sehorn, Hardy Nickerson and Jonathan Ogden). “They got really involved and signed a lot of autographs, and most of them have histories of breast cancer in their families, and they did this to show support for us.”
“Everybody seemed to have a good time, including the players,” Bodner said. “Most of them ran, and they were all at the finish line for the women, cheering them on. They were doing registration and they took part in the survivor photo and song, and survivor recognition in general.”
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Mario Ruiz came to Aspen Highlands from Bariloche through the ski patrol exchange as part of the Sister Cities program last winter. He quickly ingrained himself with the Highlands patrol. Ruiz was killed July 27 in an avalanche while working at his home ski area. The Highlands patrol is raising funds for his family.