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A large group of runners competes in the Suicide Six Running Race in Snowmass Village on July 24, 1986.
Aspen Historical Society; Mary Eshbaugh Hayes Collection |

The Suicide Hill Challenge (aka Snowmelt Road) was an annual footrace held in Snowmass Village that included a 10-kilometer run, a 5-kilometer run and a 5-kilometer “walking tour” as well as part of the Aspen-Snowmass Point Series with a grueling finish. The Aspen Times on July 17, 1986, leading up to the race, reported that the organizers put together a “Runner’s Symposium” prior to the race that featured “keynote speaker Dave Troy, a track-and-field clinician who has toured through Africa and was head coach of the University of Colorado track and cross-country teams. In addition, world-class runner Steve Flanagan will speak on cross-training benefits. Flanagan is a three-time member of the U.S. International Cross-Country Team. Boulder runner James Hogue will round out the field of speakers, with a talk on how to get the most out of workouts under the principle that more is not necessarily better. The all-you-can-eat buffet pasta feast will follow the symposium, featuring a pasta with three sauces, salad, garlic bread, melon and iced tea. … The figure-8 10K course winds through the Brush Creek Valley and finishes back at the top of Suicide Hill. The other two courses, although shorter, also include the Suicide Hill and share the same finish line.” Photograph by Chris Cassatt.


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