The Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer will return to Summit County for its 12th year on March 1. The annual event features a snowshoe walk and race as a way to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a national breast cancer research organization. It is also a chance to celebrate those who have survived breast cancer, and to remember those who have passed away.
Romp to Stomp
Participants in the event have three options — a 3K walk, a 5K walk or a timed 3K race. All ages and abilities are encouraged to attend, with the Lil Romper Dash for children.
“It’s definitely a family event,” said Joan Davids, event chairwoman. She said many of the participants are first-time or amateur snowshoers.
A limited number of free demo snowshoes will be available for kids and adults on a first come, first served basis.
Those who are not able to physically attend the event can still participate as a “virtual snowshoer” by raising and donating money on the website.
Those who can make it, however, have a lot to look forward to, said Davids, from the Pink Party the night before to the awards ceremony at the finish line.
The Pink Party, hosted by the Holiday Inn in Frisco, takes place the evening before the Romp and features free beer, free appetizers from local venues and a trunk show from various local retailers.
The morning of the event kicks off with a pancake breakfast and a Zumba-inspired warm-up, a popular addition carried over from last year. Participants often dress up — in everything from bright pink team T-shirts to wacky costumes.
Make it a million
The Summit County event is the only Romp to Stomp in Colorado, and one of only three others in North America — Vermont, Washington and Ontario.
Davids has been part of the Romp from its first year in Summit County, starting as a participant, then volunteer, then serving as chairwoman for 10 years. This year, Davids has decided, will be her last in charge of the event. While she has enjoyed being part of the Romp, she said the timing for leaving was right.
Davids will pass the baton to Claudine Norden, who is working on the event together with Davids this year.
Before she leaves, however, Davids has one more goal — to reach $1 million in total funds raised.
“I felt 12 years was a good happy dozen, and reaching that goal of a million is a good number,” she said.
Though it’s a large number, it’s certainly well within reach. In 2012, Davids received the Ambassador Award from Susan G. Komen for the Cure for her efforts in raising more than $860,000 for the foundation. Now, that number is even higher and Davids is set in her goal.
“Our goal, as a team, is to help (Davids) achieve that $1 million mark in her final year,” said Norden.
Norden first attended the Romp as a participant two years ago and was inspired by the experience.
“Just seeing the stories and seeing the women on stage, all the survivors, celebrating life,” she said, pulled her in.
Volunteer and participate
Event coordinators are still looking for Romp volunteers to help with setup, takedown, parking, registration and course cheering.
Those participating for the first time can find helpful materials on the Tubbs Romp to Stomp website (www.TubbsRompToStomp.com), including do-it-yourself fundraising kits with ready-made templates, stickers and more.
Registration can be done anytime from now until the day of the event, though registering early is $5 cheaper.
Those who still have plenty of energy after the Romp are encouraged to attend the Mardi Paws Barkus Parade on Frisco Main Street at 3 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for LAPS, a local nonprofit for animals. By mentioning Romp to Stomp, $5 of your Mardi Paws registration fee will be donated to Susan G. Komen.