Youths invited to race Town Series
For the first time in the 25-year history of The Aspen Times Town Race Series, the six-part local series at Aspen Highlands is welcoming kids, children and youths (whatever you like) beginning with this weekend’s giant slalom.Past participants in the longest-running town race series in the country had to be at least 21 years of age; kids had been prohibited because Michelob Ultra is a race sponsor. But new legal interpretation will now allow parents and kids to compete alongside one another in the recreational division races on Sundays, according to a statement from the Town Series.”A lot of kids in the valley need something more than Nastar but aren’t necessarily part of the ski club racing program,” said Rob Gile, a Town Series veteran whose son Bridger is featured in the latest Warren Miller film.This weekend, the Town Series shifts to the giant slalom discipline. The Advanced Division races on Saturday, followed by the Recreational Division, including snowboarders, telemarkers, and now kids, on Sunday. Racing begins at 11:30 a.m. each day, with registration from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Thunderbowl Cafe. Entry costs $20.”I race Nastar with my kids all the time,” said Town Series regular Dr. Gordon Gerson. “If kids could race [the Town Series], we’d be out as a family.”While overall standings in the series are calculated cumulatively, race officials said racers don’t need to compete in every event.”Last year we even had cameo appearances from former Olympian Katie Monahan and five-time World Cup champion Marc Girardelli,” said race director Scott Nichols. “And this season we’ve had a number of visitors come join us as a fun way to experience Aspen on a more local level.”
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