Aspen TNT 10K back for fourth year
Over the first three years of the Aspen Town-N-Trail, or TNT, 10-kilometer race, event organizer Lexi McNutt said more than $125,000 was raised for the Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
McNutt, who in 2011 was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis — a disease that affects the central nervous system and disrupts the flow of information between the brain and body — created the TNT 10K as a way to give back to those researching a way to fight the disease.
“I’m definitely proud to be able to give to research and that such a small race can have a fairly big impact,” McNutt said. “I’m not really combating my diagnosis, or I’m really not sure this is going to have an impact on me, but it felt like I was taking a little bit more control and doing something proactively rather than just sitting around feeling sorry for myself.”
With some extra help this fall, the fourth running of the TNT 10K is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the start and finish both located at Koch Lumber Park in Aspen. All the proceeds from the race will go to support MS research.
“It feels like a really local, community event, and we try to make it as fun as possible. It’s meant to be a fun race,” McNutt said. “It definitely takes a lot of work to put it on and raise that much money. It’s a lot of effort to get it going.”
McNutt almost gave up on the race this year, but with the help of friend Julie Hardman and The Aspen Club, the TNT is back for more.
“It’s really because of her help and the help of The Aspen Club we were able to keep it going this year,” McNutt said. “They are a great community partner. It fits with their mission of community fitness.”
The race itself takes runners from Koch Park and through parts of the Marolt and Moore open spaces and back into town. The race is two-thirds trail, according to McNutt, with some time spent on the pavement.
There are two aid stations — located at approximately 1.5 and 4.5 miles — with $100 cash going to both the first place male and female winners.
“I feel like for such a small race, in comparison to the big walks for MS on the Front Range, that I’m really able to make a meaningful contribution,” McNutt said. “I feel like I’ve sort of brought something to the valley that wouldn’t otherwise be here.”
Online registration for the race has ended, but there will be onsite registration at the Limelight Hotel (355 S. Monarch St.) in Aspen from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and again the morning of the race beginning at 8 a.m. at Koch Park. Cost is $50.
There also will be a post-race party at the Limelight Hotel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.aspentnt.com.
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