Despite that the top portion of Aspen Mountain is closed to skiing, the Chris Klug Foundation’s seventh annual Summit for Life nighttime race is still a go on Saturday.
People have been skinning up to the summit in recent weeks and it’s possible, with the caveat that some areas have to be picked through. Hiking certainly is doable for the race.
“People can choose their choice of equipment,” said Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle.
The fundraising event is expected to sell out for the third year in a row. Summit for Life benefits the Chris Klug Foundation and its core mission of eliminating the wait for those who need a lifesaving organ or tissue transplant.
Race participants raise funds by paying to participate, and there are prizes for top fundraisers from Summit for Life partners. Princeton Tec has offered 30 EOS headlamps; the Aspen Club and Spa has provided five luxury massages; GoPro is giving away five HD2 cameras; and Elite Resorts contributed four seven-day Caribbean Resort packages that can be paired with round-trip airfare at American Airlines.
The weekend kicks off with the sixth annual “Wine and Dine for Life” on Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Pacifica Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The cost is $250 per person, and up to $200 is tax-deductible.
Then starting at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, the “Party for Life” hosted by 39 Degrees Lounge in the Sky Hotel will feature drink specials, a guest DJ and an ice luge. The party is open to the public.
On Saturday, the uphill begins at 5 p.m. for the recreational starters and 6 p.m. for the competitive start. The registration fee per person is $40 on or before Dec. 7 and $60 the day of the race with a commitment to raise additional pledges.
Participants hike 2.5 miles with a 3,267-vertical-foot gain. Racers may use their preferred choice of lighting and non-motorized equipment. Friends and families are welcome to join the celebration at the top of the mountain and cheer racers across the finish line. As racers and supporters reach the summit, spaghetti dinner will be provided by The Little Nell.
Participants also will enjoy refreshments, live music from the Mile Markers, an awards ceremony and prize giveaways. Tickets to the dinner party are $60 for adults, $35 for children, and children 3 years old and under ride for free. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible.