Tommy Mewborn, then 3, gets his skis on track during last year's Colorado Ski for Women event at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Tommy completed a 5-kilometer course to help raise funds for Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, which hosts this year's event - its seventh annual - Sunday at the touring center.
- Sunday, January 27, 2008, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Steamboat Ski Touring Center, 1230 Steamboat Blvd., P.O. Box 775401, Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs The seventh annual Colorado Ski for Women 5K will raise money for a serious cause, but as organizer Marchele McCarthy said, "It's obviously not a formal event."
On Sunday, upwards of 100 Steamboat residents are expected to show up to classic ski, skate ski or snowshoe a 5-kilometer course at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center to benefit Advocates Against Battering and Abuse.
McCarthy, an Advocates volunteer, said it's not uncommon - and even encouraged - for event participants to dress up in interpretive costumes. She said this year's theme, "A Black Tie Affair," is a blank slate.
"It's for people to get creative - some people are dressing as cows or penguins," McCarthy said.
Each year, Advocates serves more than 300 women, men and children in Routt County who have been affected by domestic violence or abuse. Last year, Ski for Women raised about $3,000 for the cause. Advocates Executive Director Diane Moore said she hopes to see a turnout of more than 125 people at this year's event, which will raise money for shelter expenses and a supervised visitation and safe exchange program.
"That is something that we've been working on the planning and assessing of over the last couple of years," Moore said of the safe visitation and exchange program, which can apply to court-ordered supervision for families in high-conflict situations. The program would supply a neutral, safe location for children and their families to have those visits.
"We just don't have any kind of formal services in our community to do that," Moore said.
Scott Beattie, a staff member at the Ski Touring Center, said he and his co-workers - whose costumes for Sunday are top-secret - are looking forward to the event for its festive nature.
"It's a real fun, low-key day. It's not really like a race, it's more like a moving costume event," Beattie said.
"We've been doing this for seven years. The owner of the Ski Tour Center is a woman, and there's no better cause than that. I think that we're able to help (Advocates) quite a bit with the funds that we raise," he said.
In addition to the non-competitive race, Sunday's event also features free lunch and coffee, live music and a live radio broadcast by Jack FM.