Thursday, February 23, 2012
Steamboat Springs He lost his battle with cancer in December, but on Saturday his friends, family and the people he raced with can take a run in Jerry Taylor’s memory on the NASTAR course at Steamboat Ski Area.
Tom Zehner said Taylor lived in Arvada but spent his winters skiing in Steamboat Springs. The two longtime friends spent a lot of time skiing together and spent a lot of time pushing each other on the NASTAR course in Bashor Bowl.
“Jerry loved the sport, and he loved to race,” Zehner said. “He set a standard that a lot of ski racers here look up to.”
Because of his dedication to ski racing, Saturday has been designated as “Race For Jerry” day. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., racers can show up at the start house and race under Taylor’s NASTAR identification number (TAY119), and the run will be recorded in his name. The idea is to record as many runs as possible for Taylor.
Zehner said the event was planned after the National Champions qualifying period so that it will not impact racers trying to make the cut. Racers who cannot make it to Steamboat also can make runs at other ski areas using the same identification number to have their runs recorded under Taylor’s name.
On Saturday evening, Taylor’s friends are invited to a gathering from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sweetwater Grill. There will be a ski boot at the race and the gathering to collect donations for a fund in Taylor’s name at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Later this year, Taylor’s family and members of the Winter Sports Club will meet to decide how that money can be best spent. Racers also are encouraged to bring cards or notes with messages about how Taylor inspired them. Those items will be collected and given to his family.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com