Steamboat Springs With less than two weeks before the event, Ski 4 Yellow organizers are making the final push to fill the remaining 70 spots.
Organizers of the fundraiser for the fight against cancer are optimistic that the event will reach its 200-person cap and expect a good number of last-minute sign-ups.
“Every skier is sacred,” event Co-Chairman Kerry Shea
The event looms as the granting process wraps up from its sister fundraiser, Ride 4 Yellow. The inaugural event Aug. 8 involved 200 mountain bikers riding 26 miles along the Continental Divide with Lance Armstrong and netted $266,000. Half of that money will go to the national Livestrong organization. Event founder Dave Nagel said that leaves $33,000 to be set aside for an endowment and another $100,000 to be divided among local cancer causes. Recipients of the grants are expected to be announced this week.
“It’s definitely going to make an impact globally and locally,” Nagel said.
Ski 4 Yellow organizers were raising awareness for the March 25 and 26 event Thursday outside Slopeside Grill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
“We need the support of the community, and Slopeside came on very early and said, ‘We love the event; how can we help?’” Nagel said.
Participants pay $75 to register, $40 if they need a lift ticket, and are expected to raise at least $500 by March 25. Information is available at www.ski4yellow.com. Dhani Jones, a linebacker with the Cincinnati Bengals, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner March 25.
March 26 will involve a day of guided skiing with an Olympian at the ski area. The top three fundraisers get to choose their Olympian.
Participants will be put into groups of 10 and will compete for prizes in challenges that include riding all the chairlifts, completing the NASTAR course, making a lap through the terrain park and visiting key landmarks.
“I’m going to come up with a strategy,” said two-time Olympian Caroline Lalive, who was at the Slopeside event to show her support.
If ability level allows, Lalive plans to take her skiers down one of her favorite runs: No Names, North St. Pat’s or the 2:30 trees.
“These days always exceed your expectations,” said Lalive, who got involved with Ski 4 Yellow because she said she thinks it’s an amazing event bound to be filled with inspirational stories of people’s battles with cancer. “I always walk away from experiences like this so uplifted.”
Shea said Ski 4 Yellow lends itself to being a social event that will bring people together in the community.
“The more people we can get involved, the better,” Shea said.
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