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Race looking for fastest servers, cooks

Catherine Lutz

Behind the aprons of many Aspen servers and cooks are legs of steel – as most local nocturnal workers toil the night away so they can play on the mountain all day. Restaurant workers can test those legs this weekend during a special alpine race for cooks, waiters, bartenders or anyone working at a local eatery.In the 1980s, restaurant workers participated heavily in the Town Race Series, and the rivalry among Aspen eateries was fierce. But fewer and fewer restaurant workers have come out to race in recent years.Race organizers hope to revive the tradition this weekend, when the Aspen Times Town Race Series hosts a special restaurant division Sunday during its giant slalom on Thunderbowl at Aspen Highlands.”Local restaurants have some of the top skiers, and it’s a chance for them to come out and experience our great race hill at Aspen Highlands and have a friendly rivalry,” said Scott Nichols, head of the race department for the Aspen Skiing Co.The race, one of six technical events in the series, starts at 11:30 a.m., slightly earlier than usual because of the Super Bowl.Restaurant teams must consist of six racers of any category – any combination of men, women, skiers or boarders. Competitors will be scored based on the best of two runs, with the three fastest times counting for the team score. Restaurant competitors will be scored only against one another, not all the racers. A post-race party at McStorlie’s Pub will include snacks, free beer and video replay from the race. The entry fee is $110 per team.Any individual skier, snowboarder or telemarker interested in racing can do so for $20. An advanced-division giant slalom for skiers only will also be Saturday.Race-day sign-up is from 8:30-10 a.m. at Endeavor Café on the Highlands plaza. Competition begins at 11:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 544-3005 or visit http://www.AspenSnowmass.com/racing.