Three of Red Bull’s sponsored athletes pro freeskiers and snowboarders will take to the slopes at Loveland Ski Area Tuesday, March 18, as part of an effort to promote spinal cord injury research and the upcoming Wings for Life World Run fundraiser.
Freeskier and Sochi Olympic slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper, 2010 Olympic snowboarder and X Games champion Louie Vito, and women’s X Games freeski champion Grete Eliasssen will be on hand Tuesday morning starting at 8:45 a.m.
“Loveland Ski Area is proud to host these elite athletes as they work to raise funds for the Wings for Life Foundation,” ski area marketing director John Sellers said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our guests to mingle with some of the biggest stars in snow sports and learn about what this amazing organization is doing for those affected by spinal cord injuries.”
The trio will be there for a meet and greet with fans at the bottom of Chair 2. From there the group will ski and ride a few runs and — weather permitting — join a few lucky guests on Loveland’s Ridge Cat to ride up to the upper bowls.
The group will be on hand promoting the Wings for Life Foundation’s upcoming World Run. In its first year, the Wings for Life World Run will be a unique charity run to raise money for spinal injury research. The race will take place simultaneously in 35 destinations on six continents with an unusual twist.
Thirty minutes after the races start, “catcher cars” will set out on the course in an attempt to catch runners. When the chase car passes a competitor their race will be over. The last person caught will be declared the winner. All proceeds from the run go directly to the foundation and spinal injury research.
Denver will be one of only three U.S. host cities for the May 4 race. Those interested in participating will have to be up for an early morning run. With a number of host cities in Europe it will mean a 4 a.m. start time for Denver competitors.
Red Bull and Wings For Life Foundation officials will be on hand accepting race registrations for those interested.
“Red Bull has been a good partner of ours for the past few years,” Sellers said. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to promote awareness for the cause and have the athletes interact with our guests.”
Spinal injuries effect an estimated 3 million people worldwide. Approximately 130,000 people annually suffer from a traumatic spinal cord injury, according to the Wings for Life foundation. Fifty percent of those are credited to road accidents while 6 percent are sports related.
More information on the Wings for Life World run can be found at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com