Ride for the Cure has raised more than $600,000 | AspenTimes.com

Ride for the Cure has raised more than $600,000

Aspen Times Staff

Jacquie Stewart of Snowmass, one of the participants in todays Ride for the Cure, has written the names of breast cancer victims on the sidewall of her bicycle tire. Some of the names represent those close to Stewart who have who died from breast cancer, while others represent survivors or those who are still fighting the deadly disease. (Aspen Times file)

The Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has already raised more than $600,000 in donations for the second Aspen Snowmass Ride for the Cure, which takes place today.More than 400 participants have registered for the ride, doubling the amount of cyclists from last year’s inaugural fund-raiser. The100-mile ride starts and ends at Paepcke Park and takes riders into Ashcroft, the Maroon Bells, Snowmass Village, Woody Creek and Old Snowmass. There is also a 25-mile loop that starts at 11 a.m. at the Woody Creek Tavern. Thirty-three-mile and 64-mile options based off the 100-mile course are also offered.

Every participant in today’s ride has committed to a minimum of $500 in fundraising pledges.”We are absolutely thrilled about the increase in participation and donations from last year,” said Lisa Consiglio, event co-chair. “It’s hard to believe we’ve doubled our numbers and we’re only in our second year. All I can say is we hope the trend continues in the future.”

Chris Carmichael, the long-time coach of Lance Armstrong, will be participating in the ride and will be at the post-ride party at Paepke Park. The party gets under way at 12:30 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m.”We wanted to make this a fun event not only for the riders, but for their family and friends as well,” Consiglio said about the party, which will feature an inflated bouncy apparatus and a hula-hoop contest.

During the past 14 years, the Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has granted over $2 million to fund a variety of local breast cancer programs in the Roaring Fork Valley, as well programs along the 1-70 corridor stretching from Rifle to Vail.For more information about the Aspen Snowmass Ride for the Cure call 920-0250, or visit http://www.aspenrideforcure100.com.

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