Summer Uphill makes 18th annual return |

Summer Uphill makes 18th annual return

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Here’s your chance to go up, up, up.

The 18th annual Aspen Summer Uphill, a benefit for the Aspen High School cross country team, will take off at the base of Aspen Mountain on Saturday morning.

“It’s hard to believe Mark (Barbour) started it so long ago,” said Chris Keleher, the Aspen High School head coach and the race director for Saturday’s uphill at Aspen Mountain — open to bicycles and runners/hikers.

“There’s not a lot of oxygen and there’s a lot of elevation,” said Keleher, who was an assistant to then-head coach Barbour when the annual fundraiser began.

“It’s a very grassroots event,” said Keleher, who has designed more rock prizes for the top finishers. That’s a rock, from Aspen Mountain, glued onto a bathroom tile.

“All of the monies go to the cross country team,” Keleher said. The three primary event sports are Alpine Bank, the Ute Mountaineer and the Paradise Bakery.

“And, of course, the Aspen Skiing Co. and the ski patrol make it possible,” the current AHS head coach said.

Entry fee is $20. That’s $20 in advance or $20 on race day.

Advance registration is available at the Ute Mountaineer in downtown Aspen until Friday evening.

Registration will be available at the base of the gondola Saturday morning before the race.

The bikes will take off at 8 a.m.

The runners and hikers will take off at 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

“We have a huge raffle at the end,” Keleher said of the post-race awards party, which will be held at the top of Aspen Mountain.

The uphill has grown in popularity recently, Keleher said. It’s a popular training event for upcoming fall races like the Golden Leaf Half-Marathon.

The defending champion of the Aspen Summer Uphill?


Lance Armstrong.


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