Aspen Times staff report
ASPEN — Activities kick off Friday in Aspen for the Chris Klug Foundation's annual Summit for Life fundraiser.
The centerpiece of the event is the fifth annual Aspen Summit for Life Uphill on Saturday. The nighttime uphill race will start at the base of Aspen Mountain and climb 3,267 vertical feet in 2.5 miles to the Sundeck. The recreational race will start at 5:15 p.m., and the competitive start will begin at 6 p.m.
The entry fee is $40 before Friday and $50 on race day. By registering, racers commit to raise at least $160 in pledges. A minimum of $60 in pledges is required.
Folks who aren't racing can support the foundation and join the party at the top by signing up to Ride for Life and taking the Silver Queen Gondola to the mountaintop. The cost is $60 per person and $35 for kids 12 years of age and younger.
Once the racers reach the summit, there will be a dinner prepared by The Little Nell, dessert by Paradise Bakery, live music by Jason Perrin and James Benvenuto of JAMESON, an awards party and raffle. The top fundraisers and top racers will receive prizes.
Each racer will receive a racer bag that includes a Summit for Life high performance lighted running hat, equipped with LED lights, from Panther Vision. Racers will also receive a $500 gift card for Red Star sunglasses. Ace Hardware gave a $10 coupon.
Also Friday, there will be the Wine and Dine for Life event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Pacifica Seafood and Raw Bar. A $250 per person minimum donation is requested.
The fundraiser enables the Chris Klug Foundation to focus on the mission of promoting life-saving organ donation and improving the quality of life for donors, donor families, organ transplant candidates and recipients. Klug is an Aspen native and Olympic snowboarder who required a liver transplant in 2000.
To register for any of the weekend's events or learn more about Aspen Summit for Life 2010 visit:www.summitforlife.org or contact Holly at 970-274-0832 or email@example.com.