For a decade, Summit County has hosted the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer annual snowshoeing 3k and 5k races dedicated to raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a national breast cancer research organization.
The event has raised around $860,000 since its inception and this year the aim is to add another $125,000 on top of the money previously raised in Summit by the Romp.
The Romp to Stomp takes place Saturday at the Frisco Adventure Park.
Summit County resident Joan Davids has been involved in the event every year, the first as a volunteer and participant and the other nine as chairperson. Davids hopes to not only encourage participants to enjoy the snowshoeing, but to convince them of the value of coming earlier and staying longer.
"Make it into a weekend," Davids suggested. "We don't want that excitement to just drop. ... It can drop on Monday," she added with a laugh.
Friday night's Pink Party, featuring a goodie bag, coupons for drinks, trunk shows by local retailers, good food and a chance to mingle with other participants, is back again this year.
What's new is the Romp to Stomp app. Developed by Silverthorne-based company YodaCom, the app has features designed to help visitors enjoy, explore and discover Summit County. It will display a schedule of all Romp to Stomp events and times, give up-to-date road conditions, allow users to take photos and send them to friends or Facebook, find deals and directions to Summit County businesses and even help them find where they parked their car. It's also free.
Jeremy Black developed the app free of charge for Romp to Stomp. He's participated in the Romp many times, he said, and his sister is a breast cancer survivor.
The other new development will take place on Sunday, the day after the Romp. Participants who show their Romp to Stomp bib at Loveland will get an $11 discount on a ski pass for the day. For every discounted Romp to Stomp ticket, Loveland will donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Romp to Stomp caps the number of participants at 2,300, so registration is first come, first served. Davids encourages people to register, whether it's their first or 11th time.
"Of course all of us know somebody who's been through breast cancer, unfortunately, so many people come to the event to celebrate that the person actually has survived this miserable disease, or in memory of someone who unfortunately didn't make it through," said Davids, who is a breast cancer survivor herself. "Therefore, the importance of the fundraising comes in, in my mind, because Komen's mission is to really eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease."
"Have fun," she added, "Enjoy the beauty out there on the Frisco Adventure Park and do it for an important cause."