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What a run

Dear Editor:Earlier this year, 44 individuals, most of them Roaring Fork Valley locals, committed to running for a cause by joining the 2008 Challenge Aspen Marathon Team, dedicating massive amounts of time and energy to fundraise and train across a 22-week period. Team members raised funds for Challenge Aspen programs by pledging to run/walk/wheel either a full marathon or a 5K in Dublin, Ireland. On Oct. 27th, the team reached its goal with each member crossing the finish line and a few even qualified for the Boston Marathon in the process!On behalf of Challenge Aspen and the thousands of participants we serve each year, thank you to each of the team members and to the many supporters throughout the valley who contributed to their fundraising efforts. The funds raised will enable Challenge Aspen to serve hundreds more individuals with disabilities in the coming year, exemplifying the power of the motto You CAN make a difference.To our marathon team sponsors 1st Marathon, The Aspen Times, KSPN, Independence Run & Hike, Denali, Basalt Bike & Ski, and Jimmys, an American Restaurant & Bar thank you! for your ongoing support and tremendous contribution to the success of the teams efforts. We appreciate all that you do in support of Challenge Aspens mission of making possibilities for people with disabilities.We also extend a heartfelt thanks to Coach Austin Weiss, who has coached the team since it was first organized in 2003. His dedication to the success of each team member and passion for supporting the programs of Challenge Aspen means countless hours of coaching and cheerleading over the summer and fall.The location of the 2009 marathon will be announced in the next few weeks, opening recruitment for the 2009 team. Join us!Geneva TempletonMarketing & Appeals DirectorChallenge Aspen

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