Buddy 5: ‘A great Aspen Fourth of July tradition’ | AspenTimes.com

Buddy 5: ‘A great Aspen Fourth of July tradition’

Racers dash out of the start during the 2003 Boogie's Buddy 5 mile race in Aspen. The 36th annual Aspen Independence Day tradition is scheduled for Sunday morning. Aspen Times photo/Paul Conrad.

One of the largest running races in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 mile race, returns for its 36th annual edition on Sunday, the Fourth of July.Race organizers are expecting 1,200 to 1,500 participants between the five-mile race and the one-mile family walk.”It’s a great Aspen Fourth of July tradition,” said race organizer Deb Doyle, “and it’s a great way to kick off the day and support a good cause.”

Benefiting the Aspen Buddy Program, the Buddy 5 will be run in two waves, due to the sheer number of racers. Racers expecting to finish in under 45 minutes should race with the first wave, starting at 8 a.m. The second wave begins at 8:15 a.m. and the one-mile family walk starts at 9:15 a.m.All racers/walkers will start and finish at Boogie’s in downtown Aspen.This year, the Buddy 5 has been included in Colorado Runner magazine’s series, which has bolstered participation, Doyle said.”We’re seeing a lot more people register from throughout Colorado and throughout the country,” she said. “We’re definitely excited about being part of the Colorado Runner series, because they bill it as all the top races state.”

“It could be a record year and we would definitely like to see that. And since the Fourth falls on a Sunday, that’s going help our numbers even more.”The five-mile course zigzags through downtown to the Rio Grande Trail near Rio Grande Park, then follows Rio Grande Trail out to Cemetery Lane. The course then climbs Cemetery Lane from the bridge, dips under Highway 82 to reconnect with Hopkins before linking up with Cooper via Galena to the finish at Boogie’s.The one-mile family walk course covers a loop through downtown that visits the John Denver Memorial near Rio Grande Park.

Registration for the Buddy 5 costs $25 for adults and $10 for youths 16-and-under. Families of four can register for the one-mile walk for $65. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a goodie bag.Register at Boogie’s Diner or online at http://www.buddyprogram.org. Call 920-2130 for more information.

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