Column: From crepes in Aspen to Harvard Yard
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For the past two summers, he was your Aspen bus boy.
He hustled dishes and filled water glasses. He toted orders for the wait staff.
Yes, ma’am. Yes, sir.
No, ma’am. No, sir.
Thank you, sir. Thank you, again.
Stovitz first surfaced in the sports pages of The Aspen Times in the summer of 2014, when he won the Food & Wine Classic 5K as a high school junior.
One year later, Stovitz returned to Aspen and his trusty post at the La Creperie du Village.
Again, he won the Food & Wine Classic 5K, all the while crediting the crepes and hard work at La Creperie for his running success.
His main goal entering the cross country season last fall was to help his high school team, Harvard-Westlake in Studio City, California, to the regional championship.
Mission accomplished as Stovitz and his teammates won their regional title in the fall.
Stovitz scored an even bigger victory when he was granted entry to Harvard.
He came back to Aspen again this summer — just for a visit this time.
But he had plenty of time to race in the Food & Wine Classic 5K, finishing second to Georgetown cross country/track standout Charlie King.
Stovitz was joined in Aspen this summer by his prep teammate from California, Ben Weissenbach.
A top runner from Southern California, Weissenbach will attend Princeton next year.
Meanwhile, his pal Jack Stovitz will race from La Creperie du Village in Aspen to the Greenhouse Cafe at Harvard.
July 4 race
The next Aspen race on the summer calendar will be Boogie’s Buddy Race on July 4, sponsored by the Dancing Bear Aspen.
The 5-mile race, an Aspen holiday tradition, is a benefit for the Buddy Program.
This year, the race start and finish will be at Rio Grande Park instead of on the streets in downtown Aspen.
The course will be modified slightly to accommodate the new start and finish location.
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