Column: Boogie’s Buddy Run is an Aspen family affair |

Column: Boogie’s Buddy Run is an Aspen family affair

Aspen Times Sports Editor Dale Strode
Nick Massaro Jr. / Special to The Aspen Times |

The annual Boogie’s Buddy Race is a family affair through and through.

Numerous full families participated in the 30th annual fundraiser for the Buddy Program, held on the Fourth of July. Some nuclear families ran the favored 5-mile course; others opted for the 1-mile fun run.

The 17-year-old winner of the 2016 Boogie’s Buddy Run had to beat a field that included his father and his younger brother.

Jared Leblow, who will be a senior at Grand Junction Central High School in the fall, won the Aspen holiday 5-mile race in 28 minutes, 41 seconds. His 47-year-old father, Ted Leblow, finished sixth in 31:47. Ted is the cross-country coach at Central High.

Just down the list of finishers is No. 43 Jordan Leblow. That’s 12-year-old Jordan Leblow. He ran 38:06 for 5 miles — at altitude.

While the Leblow family celebrated in the finish area at Rio Grande Park, other families celebrated as Mom or Dad completed the race.

“My favorite Fourth of July tradition in Aspen,” said Chris Klug, an Olympic snowboarder and leader of the donor-awareness movement. “This is the best.”

Klug is an organ-transplant recipient.

Likewise, the Stovitz family of Southern California and Aspen celebrated the Fourth of July at the Boogie’s Buddy Race.

Jack Stovitz, the 2015 winner of the Boogie’s race, finished seventh this year as he heads off to start his freshman year at Harvard. His dad, Ken Stovitz, finished a happy 152nd.

And Laura Stovitz? Mom?

She was No. 206 in a field of nearly 600 runners — running for the first time in two years after undergoing a hamstring reattachment.

Now, that’s a dedicated running family.

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