Aspen, CO - It's time to wrap up your training, as the 4th Annual Aspen Summit for Life 2009 is coming up quickly this Saturday to promote awareness for the Chris Klug Foundation.
“The Aspen Summit for Life is a highlight of the year for me. Each year it gets better,” says Klug, a professional snowboarder.
Summit for Life is a weekend of events, centered around a night-time uphill snowshoe race that celebrates life, supports awareness and education of organ and tissue donation, and benefits the Chris Klug Foundation. Last year’s Aspen Summit for Life was record-breaking in terms of participation, fundraising and awareness.
The Summit for Life race starts at the base of Aspen Mountain. Racers will climb 3,267 vertical feet over 2.5 miles from the base of Aspen Mountain to the Sundeck on top. Racers of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to participate. Prizes will be given to the top three men and women finishers and the top team. Awards will also be issued to the top three fundraisers.
“For me the event is a celebration of life because without on organ donor I would not be here today,” said Michael Wells. “This year is my 10th anniversary of my 'Gift of Life' and what a better way to celebrate than a 3,500 foot hike straight up Aspen Mountain promoting organ donation awareness.”
The cost to register for the race is a $40 required registration fee before the day of the race and $50 the day of the race. By registering you are also committing to raise $160 in requested pledges, however, there is a minimum of $60 in pledges required. This includes race support, aid stations, dinner at the Sundeck, live music, raffle, awards and a great racer-bag. The first 350 registrants for Summit for Life will also receive a complimentary pair of Kahtoola FLIGHTboots. Racers are encouraged to raise as much money as possible for a chance to win prizes and support a noble cause.
People who want to skip the hike but still want to be a part of Summit for Life have two options. In “Ride for Life,” $60 buys you a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola to the summit to enjoy dinner, drinks and dancing at the Sundeck, or “Snowed In,” is a way to support Summit for Life from the comfort of your home, hotel or if you are not able to make it to Aspen by donating to the cause.
“With more than 100,000 people currently on the national transplant waiting list, we feel that a fun and educational event like Summit for Life will help us move towards our goal of ‘Eliminating the Wait,”’ remarks Morgan Ilika the Executive Director of the Chris Klug Foundation. “Getting out, getting active, and having some fun while supporting organ donor awareness are all parts of the Chris Klug Foundation’s mission, and what better place than the Aspen to hold such a fun weekend of events!”
To register for the uphill race, donate to the cause or to learn more about Aspen Summit for Life 2009 visit www.summitforlife.org.