Aspenite Tiernan wins Longhorn StampedeBASALT Aspen’s Zeke Tiernan, fresh off a victory at last weekend’s Basalt Half Marathon, won Saturday’s Longhorn Stampede in Basalt in 17 minutes, 23 seconds.Carbondale’s national-class runner Carrie Messner-Vickers stole the show among the women with a quick 17:48.Two Basalt High School runners finished in the top three, respectively, in the men’s and women’s races. Senior Brennan Roper took third (18:17) among the men while sophomore Chiara Del Piccolo was the third overall female across the line (21:08).Tiernan reluctantly admitted to running a 28-mile mountain loop on Friday – not exactly pre-race preparation for most.Jerry Howell ran an 18:56 to occupy the final spot on the men’s podium, and Basalt Half Marathon Champion Megan Lund posted 19 minutes even for a runner-up finish to Vickers.Many familiar faces turned out for the 3.1 mile run, which is a fundraiser for the Basalt High School cross country team.Three Rivers Youth Football registration setRegistration for Three Rivers Youth Football is ongoing. All boys and girls entering third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades in the fall are eligible to participate.The registration fee is $175 and includes equipment. Registration forms are available at Alpine Bank in Aspen, the Red Brick Recreation Center and D&E Four Mountain Sports on the Snowmass mall. Practice begins Monday and games begin Sept. 9. For more information, contact Ron Morehead at 618-0354 or 925-3301, or Charlie Martin at 925-4713.Golf course plans Patriot Golf DayASPEN The Aspen Golf Club will participate in the nation’s first Patriot Golf Day on Sept. 1, a joint initiative of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and the U.S. Golf Association.Golfers across the country will donate an extra $1 with their greens fees to Wounded Warriors Inc., which benefits the Fallen Heroes Foundation to support families of those who have become disabled or killed in the line of duty. “This is a great way for the golf industry to help the families of those who have lost their lives so that we may have our freedom,” Aspen head pro Les Klahn said in a news release. “This is a wonderful opportunity for golfers in our community to give back to those who have given everything.”PGA pro Dan Rooney of Stillwater, Okla., spearheads Patriot Golf Day. Rooney, an F-16 pilot in the 125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, has logged two tours of duty to Iraq. After his most recent tour, he began to think of ways he could stay involved in the war effort. Rooney is also in the process of establishing the Fallen Heroes Foundation, which will pay for the education of children who have lost a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan.Wounded Warriors’ mission is to provide support to the families of those wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The organization owns resort condominiums in Orlando, Fla., and Galveston, Texas, where war-torn families can retreat.For more information about Patriot Golf Day or to make a donation, visit http://www.PlayGolfAmerica.com or http://www.FallenHeroesFoundation.org.
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Buttermilk Ski Area already is scheduled to host the world’s best at ESPN’s X Games this coming week, while it was recently announced Aspen Highlands will host alpine skiing’s NorAm finals later this spring.