You might want to lend your heart - and your lungs and legs - to the Chris Bove Memorial Uphill Challenge at Aspen's Buttermilk resort on Feb. 14, if you have nothing special planned for Valentine's Day.
The annual race and walk-a-thon is a fund-raising event to benefit Challenge Aspen's scholarship program for local people with cognitive or physical disabilities and CHIP (Children's Hospital Immunodeficiency Program of Denver).
The Challenge will begin at Buttermilk at 7:30 a.m. on race day. Anything goes as far as non-mechanized uphill transport is concerned -- snowshoes, stabilizers, telemark skis, skinny skis, heavy metal - and results will be posted for "on-foot" and "on-skis" categories. Post-race giveaways and a $5 pancake breakfast will take place at The Cliffhouse.
The race and walk pre-registration fee is $35 and forms are available online. Race-day registration is $40 and will begin at 7 a.m. All participants will receive goodie bags and other surprises.
The event - originally dubbed the Buttermilk Uphill Challenge -- once again will honor Challenge Aspen instructor Chris Bove, who lost his life on the eve of the 2007 event. Ricky Gates, last year's race winner, set the course record of 25 minutes, 33 seconds (with stabilizers), so the Challenge is on to find out if the record can be broken.