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Boogie’s Buddy Race extends July 4 holiday tradition

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The tradition of the Fourth of July five-mile run in Aspen continues Saturday.

The 40th annual Boogie’s Buddy Race, a holiday institution, will take off at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown Aspen.

The race will start in front of Boogie’s and will head immediately to the Rio Grande Trail of a downhill start.

The runners will follow the Rio Grande Trail all the way to Cemetery Lan.

Once the runners reach Cemetery Lane, they will turn left and make the fabled climb of the Cemetery Lane hill.

The cruel hill climb comes after the speedy opening miles on the Rio Grande Trail.

The runners are coursed back into Aspen from Cemetery Lane and routed to the finish at Boogie’s.

The course takes a number of turns in the downtown area.

The annual charity race is a benefit for the Aspen Buddy Program.

Registration is available in person at Boogie’s Diner in downtown Aspen.

Registration information also is available at 970-920-2130 or at

Last year, more than 800 runners participated in the Fourth of July race in Aspen, representing 30 states and a half-dozen foreign countries.

John McNamara of Austin, Texas, a recent college graduate, won the men’s Boogie’s Buddy Race in 29 minutes, 55 seconds. He’s a former University of Texas distance runner and steeplechase runner.

Former University of Colorado runner Robin Severy-Pfautz of Carbondale, a prep standout at Aspen High School, won the women’s race last year in 34:15 — her fourth title in the July 4 race in Aspen.

Lindsey Patterson of Aspen finished second last year.

McNamara, the 2014 men’s winner, was followed closely by runner-up Josh Meyer of Aspen.